Fired CPS Teacher Wins $225K in Discrimination Suit

Sara Meegan among group of teachers who claimed they were fired because they are black

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013  |  Updated 9:40 PM CDT
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Fired CPS Teacher Wins $225K in Discrimination Suit

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One of a group of Chicago teachers who claimed they were fired from their jobs because they were black was awarded a $225,000 judgment on Monday.

Sara Meegan was one of several black teachers who filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and George Washington High School principal Florence Gonzales.

A jury on Monday ruled in her favor and Meegan was awarded $225,000, according to court records.

The teachers claimed in lawsuits that they were forced out after Gonzales took over the high school in the 2007-08 school year. Gonzales retired from CPS in June 2012, a CPS spokeswoman said.

Gonzales was accused of using the N-word to describe black teachers, and allegedly told a teacher she got rid of a special "Options for Knowledge" program so black students who rode buses to participate would stop coming, according to the suit.

A CPS spokesperson was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

Other teachers are involved in a separate lawsuit alleging discrimination in connection with 2012's "turnaround" program by CPS.

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