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updated: 5/24/2013 6:51 PM

Judge to hear Chicago school closings case

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Opponents of the Chicago Board of Education's decision to close 50 schools and programs will get their day in court.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that on Thursday a federal judge announced he would start hearing evidence July 16 from parents who argue in two lawsuits that black and disabled students are unfairly affected by the closures.

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The school board contends that students are not being harmed and that steps were taken to make the transfer easier on special needs kids.

The parents -- who are backed by the Chicago Teachers Union -- asked Judge John Z. Lee to issue a preliminary injunction against the closures but Lee denied that request.

The judge says he wants to hear about how the closings will affect specific students during the July hearing.

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