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Judge to hear lawsuits filed by CPS parents opposing closures

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Even though the Chicago Board of Education approved the largest public school closure in American history this week, the fight is not over. Opponents will get their day in court.

A federal judge announced on Thursday that he would start hearing evidence July 16 from parents who argue in two lawsuits that black and disabled students are unfairly affected by the closures.

The school board contends that students are not being harmed and that steps were taken to make the transfer easier on special needs kids.

The parents - who are backed by the Chicago Teachers Union - asked Judge John Z. Lee to issue a preliminary injunction against the closures, but Lee denied that request.

The judge says he wants to hear about how the closings will affect specific students during the July hearing. Four days of testimony are expected.

CPS voted to close 48 elementary schools and end one high school program in June, and then close another school next year.

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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