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Ex-CPS principal sues school worker, CPD detective who charged him

Chicago Sun-Times Education This Week
Education This Week is our weekly recap of the biggest news in education affecting the Chicago area, Illinois, the region and the nation. Today’s edition was written by Nader Issa, the Sun-Times’ education beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter here.

Good morning,
The never-ending saga that started in March 2020 and continued in the two years since has now entered new territory.
No, not the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m talking about former Chicago Public Schools principal Kurt Jones. You might remember he was leading Franklin Fine Arts Center in Old Town when he was investigated and eventually criminally charged with hitting the school’s cafeteria manager in the head with a plastic water bottle.
He always maintained his innocence, claiming the school staffers were playing a game and the lunchroom attendant’s injury was an accident. Then a Cook County judge found him not guilty of three felonies this past fall.
Now he’s in federal court suing the cafeteria worker and the Chicago police detective who charged him. In a complaint filed this week, Jones accused the cafeteria worker and CPD detective of violating his civil rights “by having him arrested and prosecuted for these crimes.” He alleged the duo conspired to arrest him despite no evidence.
The ex-principal had already sued CPS, accusing the district of breaching his contract, violating his due process rights and wrongfully terminating him. He resigned in June 2020 — though he says it was forced — after CPS presented him with investigative findings that he was at fault in several misconduct cases stemming from parent and worker complaints.
There’s sure to be more developments in this case over the next few weeks and months, but in the meantime check out our latest stories below on CPS’ mask optional policy, tension at a selective enrollment high school and more.
Until next week,
Nader Issa, Sun-Times education reporter
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