Advocates: CPS, ISBE still failing to ensure special ed kids getting services

By Lauren FitzPatrick - November 12, 2018

Chicago Public Schools officials still aren’t providing all special education students with the services they need and are entitled to — and the state monitor tasked six months ago with overseeing CPS isn’t doing enough either, disabilities rights advocates said Monday.

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Chicago special education reform has been slow and underresourced, advocates say

By Adeshina Emmanuel - November 12, 2018

Despite the state taking over Chicago schools’ troubled program for special-needs students, both education services and communication with parents remain woefully lacking, advocates for families alleged Monday.

The groups, including Equip for Equality, Parents 4 Teachers, Access Living and Raise Your Hand, released a survey of 800 parents and teachers that indicated that the Illinois State Board of Education’s reforms have fallen far short of its promises, six months after a state probe found Chicago schools violated students’ rights by routinely delaying and denying services, such as  speech and occupational therapy, busing, and classroom aides.

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A long night

It was a long night, but the Elected School Board bill (HB 1774) finally made it out of the Illinois Senate.

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Just kidding

Rahm Emanuel announced schools will not close early, reversing the threats he and Forrest Claypool have been making for the last month. Holding students, families and teachers hostage is no way to run our schools. 

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Just kidding...

Rahm Emanuel announced schools will not close early, reversing the threats he and Forrest Claypool have been making for the last month.

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Enough of the blame game

P4T is joining with community groups and the CTU to push the mayor to tap city revenues to keep schools open through June. Read the testimony of P4T parent Catherine Henchek. 

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Safe Schools for All Campaign

P4T's Safe Schools for ALL campaign is designed to build unity and defend and support students and families who feel threatened by the Trump administration. 

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Vote YES on an Elected School Board for Chicago--HB 1774

HB 1774 would give Chicago taxpayers the same right to elect their school board that residents in every other Illinois city and 98 percent of cities nationwide have. Read our fact sheet on the bill and then contact your state legislators about it. 

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Action Alert

Enough of the blame game--With a June 1 school shutdown looming, P4T is joining other parent and community groups calling on the mayor to tap city revenues to keep schools open. 

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#SaverOurClerks

Support Our Teachers and Clerks--CPS plans to implement the Kronos pilot program at 117 schools, causing additional work for teachers and the potential loss of school clerks who are vital members of our communities.

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