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CPS lawyers go after desegregation consent decree.

August 14, 2009

Last week the story was how the Chicago Public Schools were caving to clout-based access to its selective admission and magnet schools. Chicago’s magnet schools were first established as, and continue to be, part of a desegregation decree by the federal court.

Now CPS lawyers are also going straight at the deseg consent decree. According to Catalyst:

Chicago Public Schools attorneys went to federal court this week with a new argument and a new proposal aimed at ending the district’s 29-year-old desegregation consent decree. U. S. District Court Judge Charles P. Korcoras has been considering the CPS request since January.

Catalyst points out that this continues the policy of former CPS boss, now big dog at the USDE, Arne Duncan.

Former CEO Arne Duncan maintained that if the consent decree was lifted, CPS could save $300 million, mostly in eliminating bus service to magnet and selective enrollment schools.

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