The American Civil Liberties Union says it applauds the district's effort to improve academic and career outcomes for boys of color, but it questioned whether an all-male prep school was the most effective way to do so.
The district would need to add 3,862 opportunities for female student-athletes to be in compliance with Title IX, according to the Department of Education's office for civil rights.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term included a teachers' union strike and the closure of nearly 50 schools, but graduation rates rose to record-highs under his watch, ACT scores climbed, and full-day kindergarten was expanded.
The district says the court "misinterpreted and misapplied" the law in ruling that the district could not arbitrarily cancel the teachers' union contract.
The three board members, along with a resident, request that the court grant a restraining order and preliminary injunction against the state to reverse the takeover.
A new report from the Collaborative for Justice and Equity in Education recommends an elected school board for the city that would prioritize "equitable educational opportunities and outcomes" in its decisionmaking.
Former schools chief Winston Brooks, who left the district last summer with a $350,000 buyout, wants the school system to pay for remarks he felt were disparaging.
The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.
Improving the lives of boys of color has emerged as an urgent public policy issue in the last couple of years, most recently evidenced by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.
Broward County Public Schools is hoping to use a $3.3 million grant to attract an out-of-state charter operator with experience working in poor communities.