ICCPR Shadow Report: Chicago School Closings

Independent Information for the 107th Session of the Human Rights Committee 

The City of Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, recently closed 49 public elementary schools—representing 10 percent of all public schools in the city. In making these decisions, which have disproportionately impacted minority African American and disabled children, the Mayor-appointed Chicago Board of Education did not adequately consider the widespread public opposition to the closures, an action violating rights under Articles 25 and 26 of the ICCPR. These closing also contravene the right to life (Article 6) and rights of the child (Article 24) by forcing children to walk through-gang controlled areas and greatly increasing risks of violence to reach new schools.



Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, University of Chicago School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic
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