Legal Aid Matters


For more than 50 years, LAF has been providing the leading provider of free legal services in non-criminal matters to the poorest and most vulnerable people across Chicago, ensuring them the protections they deserve in the legal system. Legal Aid Matters is a platform for the experts at LAF to to talk about the issues affecting the communities we support.

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LAF, NTA, and CLC take on Chicago Public Schools

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.

Attorneys at LAF and Chicago
Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights (CLC) have partnered to represent students,
parents, and community groups in a lawsuit to halt 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.