CUSD lawsuit against ISBE declared moot


CLINTON — At the June 21 meeting of the Clinton school board, Superintendent Curt Nettles told the board the lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) was declared moot.

“Unfortunately, the judge agreed with the Attorney General’s office that our lawsuit against ISBE is moot,” said Nettles, reading a letter from the attorney representing CUSD and the other school districts involved in the suit.

“Accordingly, she dismissed our lawsuit against ISBE. In doing so, she did not indicate approval for ISBE’s actions or position.”

In 2021, the ISBE threatened school districts with a loss of recognition if they failed to follow Governor JB Pritzker’s executive order requiring indoor masking.

“Instead, the judge expressed doubts that ISBE had acted properly,” he said. 

“That’s really what we wanted,” said Nettles, “so if things like this should happen again, we can go right back to (this statement from the judge).”

• See the complete story in the Friday, July 1 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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