Judge punts on forcing teachers back; no school likely Tuesday

From the Sun-Times
BY LISA DONOVAN, LAUREN FITZPATRICK and FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters September 17, 2012 8:08AM

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Chicago Public School students appeared less likely to be heading back to school Tuesday after a Cook County judge punted on a legal request by CPS to end the teachers strike immediately.

In a brief hearing, Cook County Judge Peter Flynn told a city attorney he preferred to schedule a hearing on CPS’ request for a temporary restraining order against the teachers union for Wednesday, a city law department spokesman said. The spokesman could not immediately provide a reason for the delay — which, of course, is too late to get students into school Tuesday.

Later in the morning, in a brief interview with reporters, Flynn said he couldn’t say much because it was a “short hearing” to determine logistics including setting a time to hear arguments. That could be Wednesday or Thursday.

“I left it in their hands,” the judge said.

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