|CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers who lost their jobs this year have sued the city's school board claiming the practice of ``turning around'' schools discriminates against black teachers.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status.
The teachers - Donald Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr. - say the practice of firing all the staff at so-called ``turnaround'' schools has led to a steady decline in black teachers in the school district.
Chicago schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus says that district officials can't comment on the lawsuit. But she says the district ``has an obligation to expand high-quality school options ... in every neighborhood.''