Magnet Schools, Consent Decree 

In 1980, the Chicago Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a desegregation consent decree which, among other things, required CPS to implement a voluntary desegregation plan designed to create and maintain as many racially integrated schools as possible. CPS utilized a variety of methods, including magnet schools, as a means to achieve this goal.

On September 24, 2009, the Court determined that CPS achieved “unitary status.”  This essentially means that the District demonstrated substantial, good-faith compliance with the desegregation mandates of the Consent Decree, to the extent practicable, so that the remnants of past discrimination have been eliminated and judicial oversight is no longer warranted. This returns control of all school admissions processes to CPS. Given the current legal landscape, it also means that CPS may not continue to use race as an admission criteria in a formulaic manner. 

“The court has held that Chicago Public Schools are in compliance with the Constitution and the laws of the United States in the District’s efforts to achieve unitary status, " said CPS CEO Ron Huberman.

Read the complete statement from CEO Huberman about the SACD termination.


The documents below provide additional information about the SACD.


PDF icon Consent Decree memorandum opinion 

PDF icon Legal Notice of Hearing

PDF icon Legal Notice of Hearing (Rescheduled)  

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