Threat of appeal

U-46 discrimination case might be far from over
By Tara Garcia Mathewson

Attorneys on both sides of a discrimination case against Elgin Area School District U-46 will be in court Thursday hoping for some clarity on the next steps of a lawsuit that has already dragged on for eight years.

Judge Robert Gettleman two weeks ago ruled in favor of the district on two out of three key questions, saying U-46 did not discriminate against minority students when it redrew school boundaries or in the way it operated its English Language Learners program. But Gettleman ruled in favor of the plaintiffs — black and Latino families with children in the district — on the final question. He said the district discriminated in the way it ran its gifted program.

In his decision, released July 11, Gettleman asked both sides to appear for a hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday in his Chicago courtroom to “discuss the final stage of this litigation.”

But Alonzo Rivas, Midwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and a co-counsel for the plaintiffs, said that doesn’t mean the case is over.

The “final stage” will need updated information from the district in how it runs its gifted programs and could end with an appeal by U-46.

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