Chicago Teachers Union officials vowed to file suit today, charging that plans to raise city class sizes to 35 are unsafe and violate the municipal code.
“You’re looking at a very dangerous situation,” CTU President Marilyn Stewart said at a news conference Monday.
The suit — which may be the first of its kind — will hinge on a municipal code requirement that classrooms contain 20 square feet of floor space per person.
That means a room of 35 students and one teacher must be at least 720 square feet. Even more space would be required if parent volunteers, special education aides or anyone else entered the room at any time, CTU attorney Jennifer Poltrock said.