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CTU federal lawsuit 'fast tracked' to September 15

The federal lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers Union has been 'fast tracked' to a September 15 hearing on a preliminary injunction, according to a press release issued by the CTU on August 18, 2010. A complete report (including the complete text of the initial complaint) on the initial filing of the lawsuit was published earlier this month in SubstanceNews and is available at:

http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1577§ion=Article

The complete text of the August 18, 2010, CTU press release follows below:

COURT FAST TRACKS CTU LAWSUIT AGAINST, CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION

The lawsuit brought by the Chicago Teachers Union against the Chicago Board of Education on August 2, 2010, Case No. 10-cv-4852, and advanced by the union’s motion for preliminary injunction filed August 13, 2010, was expedited today, August 17, 2010. U.S. District Court Judge David Coar scheduled a September 15, 2010 hearing to arrive at a permanent resolution of the case which is now focused on teachers’ due process rights.

Noting that the Chicago Teachers Union is eager to have the court weigh in on the legality of the Board’s current firing of nearly 1,000 members, CTU attorney Tom Geoghen stated, “The case is on a fast track, and we look forward to every dismissed tenured teacher being reinstated to their positions. The CTU’s legal team will present the union’s case in full on September 15th and we hope to receive a swift and favorable decision.”

Additional information is available from the following people, according to the CTU statement:

Attorney Tom Geoghegan - 312/372-2511

Dowd, Bloch & Bennett, Robert Bloch – 312/372-1361

Robin Potter & Associates, Robin Potter - 312/861-1800

Chicago Teachers Union, Liz Brown, Media Relations -773/606-4876



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