Longtime board member unconcerned by mobile classroom use as U46 trial resumes (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

CHICAGO — The underrepresented number of Hispanic and black students in School District U46 programs has been a “continuous area of concern” for U46 Board of Education member Joyce Fountain.

“I’m committed to minority students being represented and having access to those opportunities,” Fountain said.

But the longtime school board member said Monday that few things used as evidence of racial discrimination in the federal lawsuit against U46 have or would have caused her concern.

Fountain finished her testimony Monday morning as the trial against the Elgin school district resumed this week in Chicago.

Phase One of the lawsuit, argued a year ago, alleges U46 discriminated against black and Hispanic students by placing them in overcrowded schools in its 2004 school boundary plan.

Phases Two and Three, which began last fall and continued in March before the break, allege the state’s second-largest school district did not offer students who were black or Hispanic access to gifted and advanced programs. They also claim U46 did not offer appropriate help to English Language Learner students.

Attorneys for U46 had filed a motion in mid-March asking Judge Robert W. Gettleman to rule on the plaintiff’s ELL claims. Gettleman had said then he expected to make a decision by the time the trial resumed this week, although he did not announce it Monday.

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