National Teacher’s Academy (NTA) is a high-performing (Level 1+) elementary school on Chicago’s near south side, serving students who are 80% African American and 80% low-income. In February, Chicago Public School approved a plan to close NTA and convert the campus into a new high school, despite the school’s remarkable success and despite the passionate protest of parents and students at community meetings.
In the latest edition of the Legal Aid Matters podcast, attorneys from LAF and Chicago Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights (CLC) discuss their partnership to represent students, parents, and community groups in a lawsuit aimed at halting the closure of NTA. Nubia sits down with Ashley Fretthold and Kate Gladson of LAF’s Education Law project as well as Candace Moore of CLC to talk about the lawsuit and the importance of preserving high-performing public schools.
- Learn more about NTA by visiting We are NTA’s website and follow them on Twitter @WeAreNTA.
- Read the University of Chicago study about the 2013 CPS closures that Ashley mentions.
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