Judge denies motion to add plaintiffs in U46 trial (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

CHICAGO — “I sort of have a very definite idea about where I’m going with this case,” Judge Robert W. Gettleman said Thursday.

Gettleman is deciding the racial discrimination lawsuit against Elgin School District U46 in a bench trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.

That suit alleges U46 discriminated against black and Hispanic students in its 2004 school boundary plan by placing them in overcrowded schools and not offering them access to its gifted and academy programs, as well as appropriate help to English Language Learner students.

The judge’s idea of where he is going with the case evidently does not include adding three new plaintiffs to the lawsuit and removing five who no longer are students in the state’s second-largest school district. He denied plaintiff attorneys’ motion to do that Thursday.

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