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.
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.