CHICAGO Feb 14 The Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
sued Illinois on Tuesday, claiming the state's school funding
system discriminates against its largely black and Hispanic
The lawsuit asks the Cook County Circuit Court to declare
the funding system illegal under Illinois' Civil Rights Act.
"Chicago students, who are overwhelmingly students of color,
are learning in a separate but unequal system," CPS CEO Forrest
Claypool said in a statement. "The message from the state is
that their educations matter less than children in the rest of
Illinois, and that is both morally and legally indefensible."
(Reporting by Karen Pierog; Editing by Matthew Lewis)