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Case Name Corey H. v. Board of Education [of Chicago] ED-IL-0001
Docket / Court 1:92-cv-03409 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Education
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On May 22, 1992, the parents of several children with disabilities filed this lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We could not get access to the original or amended ... read more >
On May 22, 1992, the parents of several children with disabilities filed this lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We could not get access to the original or amended complaint, but based on the settlement agreement the claim was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and counsel from Equip for Equality, Designs for Change, and Northwestern University School of Law sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) failed to provide an adequate education to children with disabilities.

Specifically, the Plaintiffs claimed that the Chicago Board of Education and Illinois State Board of Education implemented a policy of unnecessarily excluding children with disabilities from schools attended by their non-disabled peers. They further claimed that even when children with disabilities were permitted to attend the same schools as their non-disabled peers, the Defendants did not provide essential services, which were necessary for the disabled children to succeed in a regular class setting. The Plaintiffs petitioned for, and were granted class certification for all children in CPS who are or will be classified by CPS as having a disability.

On January 16, 1998, the Plaintiffs and the Chicago Board of Education signed an eight year settlement agreement, which required CPS to implement policies aimed at properly educating children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment possible. This included increases in special education staff, evaluation of progress of disabled students in a regular academic setting, and court monitoring of the Defendants' compliance and progress. In 2010, the Illinois State Board of Education agreed to extend its obligations under its own settlement agreement with the Plaintiffs.

The case is ongoing, and the ISBE is still required to prepare annual district-wide reports on CPS' progress to achieving the goals of the settlement agreement.

Joshua Arocho - 06/12/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Monitor/Master
Disability
disability, unspecified
General
Classification / placement
Failure to train
Individualized planning
Special education
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Board of Education of the City of Chicago
Illinois State Board of Education
Plaintiff Description All children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) who are or will be classified by CPS as having a disability
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Termination of Consent Decrees in IDEA Class Actions
By: Alex Elson (Washington University in St. Louis)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
1:92−cv−03409 (N.D. Ill.) 06/01/2012
ED-IL-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 01/16/1998
ED-IL-0001-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/19/1998 (995 F.Supp. 900) (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 05/13/2002 (289 F.3d 1009)
ED-IL-0001-0010 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 09/11/2002 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/07/2007 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 07/17/2008 (534 F.3d 683)
ED-IL-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/04/2009 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order to Extend Certain Obligations Under the Board of Education of the City of Chicago's Settlement Agreement 11/18/2010
ED-IL-0001-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order to Extend Obligations Under the Illinois State Board of Education Settlement Agreement 12/03/2010
ED-IL-0001-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Regarding CBE's Appeal of ISBE's 9th Annual District Wide Findings 06/02/2011 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order Denying Chicago Board's Objection to an Appeal of the ISBE's 10th District-Wide Findings 07/14/2011 (2011 WL 2883385) (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0009 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying the Chicago Board of Education's Objections to and Appeal of the Illinois State Board of Education's 11th Annual District Wide Findings 11/23/2011 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0008 PDF | Detail
Judges Gettleman, Robert William (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0001-0001 | ED-IL-0001-0002 | ED-IL-0001-0004 | ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-0006 | ED-IL-0001-0007 | ED-IL-0001-0008 | ED-IL-0001-0009 | ED-IL-0001-0011 | ED-IL-0001-0012 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Kanne, Michael Stephen (N.D. Ind., Seventh Circuit)
ED-IL-0001-0003
Wood, Diane Pamela (Seventh Circuit)
ED-IL-0001-0010
Monitors/Masters Schneider, Joseph (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Askew, Davis Revels (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Elson, John S. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-0006 | ED-IL-0001-0011 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Gibson, Nancy S. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Miller, Laura J. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Soltman, Sharon Weitzman (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-0006 | ED-IL-0001-0011 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Stevens, Gladys M. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Yannias, Kathleen C. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Anderson, Karen Gatsis (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Arger, Harry N. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Burns, Terrence Michael (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Cash, Pamela Elana (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Donham, Cary E. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Gibbons, Kathleen Marie (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Giroux, Paula J. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Hagerty, John J. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Hernandez, Michael Joseph (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Jackson, Heather Ann (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Johnson, Marilyn F. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0011
Johnson-Vinion, Janet Berniece (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Lacey, Gregory Lawrence (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
O'Keefe, Susan Margaret (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Reisberg, Darren (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0006
Sholder, Iris Ellen (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Thornton, Sherri (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Thornton-Pierce, Sherri (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0005
Vazquez, Respicio Ferreira (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-0006 | ED-IL-0001-9000
Villa, Robert K. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Wallace, Denise (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Wren, John Lawrence (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Campbell, William Joseph Jr. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Cohen, Matthew David (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Major, Ruth Irene (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000
Stillman, Courtney N. (Illinois)
ED-IL-0001-9000

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