As the Chicago Board of Education prepares for a May 22 vote on the closure of 53 elementary schools, the city teachers' union is seeking to stop the plan by filing two complaints in federal court. The complaints filed Wednesday allege that the closures would disproportionately affect students in special education and those who are African-American and have been ushered through too quickly to properly transition. School system officials, however, said the union is protecting the "status quo."

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