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Securing Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity for All

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Victory for National Teachers Academy (NTA)

In June, we filed a civil rights lawsuit challenging CPS' discriminatory proposal to close National Teachers Academy (NTA), a southside Level 1+ elementary school, and we asked for a preliminary injunction to pause the closure. On Monday, December 3, a judge ruled in our favor. CPS announced it was scrapping its plan by nightfall.

NTA parents and community members waged a two-year fight to keep their school open, speaking out at protests and public meetings with CPS officials. We hope the ruling marks the beginning of a process to reform school closures at CPS to ensure racial equity and fairness in its school actions process.

➡ Read the lawsuit and the judge’s ruling
➡ Coverage in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times
➡ Coverage on WBEZ
➡ Coverage in Chalkbeat Chicago


Protecting Civil Rights Since 1969

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues.



education equity Project

To protect and promote access to education by disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and addressing systemic disparities in education.

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Voting Rights Project

To prevent, reduce, and eliminate barriers to voting and civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities, to ensure that each eligible citizen is able to cast their ballot.

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Hate Crime Project

To combat hate incidents and hate crime through education, advocacy, and legal representation for targeted communities.


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