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Chicago Teachers Union Fails to Show Race Bias in 2011 Layoffs

Sept. 23, 2021, 4:35 PM

The Chicago Teachers Union failed to back its claims that layoffs before the 2011-2012 school year intentionally or inadvertently targeted more than 600 Black teachers and staff for termination, the Seventh Circuit said.

The city’s Board of Education said the layoffs were driven by budget issues due in part to declining enrollment. Schools where the majority of Black students lived “were the schools with declining enrollment,” so the layoffs affected those schools, it said.

The union failed to show that the layoff decisions amounted to disparate impact discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act even though, before ...

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