Letter to Demand Firing Claypool

Dear Mayor Emanuel,

We are CPS parents and concerned citizens who are deeply outraged at the WBEZ report that came out this weekWBEZ Investigation: CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education At Students’ Expense, detailing the implementation of a secret special education manual designed by contractors with no education experience who were paid $15M to create barriers to access to services for special education students.

Many parents have brought these concerns listed in the report to the Chicago Board of Education and have been dismissed by CEO Forrest Claypool and called “factually inaccurate” by Board of Education President Frank Clark.  

We demand that you:

  1. fire CEO Forrest Claypool;

  2. free the funds from city coffers that you previously promised for the CPS budget;

  3. eliminate middle-management funding gatekeeper positions, added to implement the July 2016 CPS Special Education Procedural Manual’s illegal restrictions and directives;

  4. follow Federal IDEA Guidelines by eliminating burdensome and duplicative data collection and service-justification forms that keep special education staff away from direct service to students in the classroom;

  5. restore busing service to all CPS students with special needs, based on what an IEP or 504 Team deems appropriate;

  6. cancel the contracts with Crowe Horwath, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG intended to systematically restrict provision of special education services; and

  7. redirect the monies for Items (3) and (6) toward direct special education services in the classroom.  

CPS has institutionalized illegal and systemic violations of the rights of students with special needs since the July 2016 release of the CPS Special Education Procedural Manual. Children who have special needs have a small window of opportunity to make progress toward the goals of education, independence, contribution and self-reliance.  We expect your immediate attention to these demands. Please contact Mary Hughes to discuss your plan for the resolution of this matter.

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Steve Livingston
Richmond Catalan
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Colleen Loehr
Mallory Muya
Earle Carlson
Carrie Kempler
Kristen Fenton
Carlos Martinez
Jillian Westerfield
Eugene Joseph Fahey
Julia Guzman
Brenda Delgado
Eve Becker
David Fischer
Victoria Hunter
Andie Celerio
Julie Borst
Terry Kalb
Stacza Lipinski
Aaron Johnson
Tim Lacy
Sue Morrissey
Maureen Cullnan
Elisabeth Greer
Michael Scott
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  • Steve Livingston
    signed via 2017-10-18 11:08:21 -0500
  • Richmond Catalan
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-18 10:56:40 -0500
    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool
  • Richmond Catalan
    signed via 2017-10-18 10:55:12 -0500
    I demand CPS fire CEO Forrest Claypool.
  • Patricia Montijo
    signed 2017-10-18 10:43:21 -0500
    My child was affected by your budget cuts. Because of your decisions, he was denied a

    one-on-one or shared para-pro from the minute he set foot in high-school. He would’ve greatly benefited from this support (which he had in elementary school), since he still has deficits in reading comprehension, organizing thoughts and writing. Your schools’ principals spend more money on I.B. and A.P. programs instead of on Special Ed. students that clearly need it.
  • iris waichler
    signed 2017-10-18 10:41:22 -0500
  • Colleen Loehr
    signed via 2017-10-18 10:33:19 -0500
  • Mallory Muya
    signed via 2017-10-18 10:24:29 -0500
  • Earle Carlson
    signed 2017-10-18 10:23:19 -0500
    His kids went to a private Waldorf school. If your child has a disability, don’t send them to Waldorf. They don’t offer any supports but they do believe your kid is better there. They truly believe in survival of the fittest. The fittest often have money, tutors and other privately paid for supports.
  • Carrie Kempler
    signed 2017-10-18 10:21:01 -0500
    Carrie Kempler
  • Kristen Fenton
    signed via 2017-10-18 10:18:30 -0500
  • Carlos Martinez
    signed via 2017-10-18 10:14:28 -0500
    Forrest Claypool has undermined public education with his underhanded sabotaging of special students. He must go.
  • Jillian Westerfield
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  • Jillian Westerfield
    @jillianwesterfi tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-18 10:10:53 -0500
    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/claypool_letter?recruiter_id=27427
  • Jillian Westerfield
    signed 2017-10-18 10:09:54 -0500
  • Eugene Joseph Fahey
    signed 2017-10-18 10:07:31 -0500
    To remove support for disabled students is a travesty of justice and morality .
  • Julia Guzman
    signed 2017-10-18 09:56:57 -0500
  • Brenda Delgado
    signed 2017-10-18 09:50:38 -0500
  • Eve Becker
    signed 2017-10-18 09:49:05 -0500
  • David Fischer
    signed 2017-10-18 09:47:19 -0500
  • Victoria Hunter
    signed 2017-10-18 09:46:28 -0500
  • Andie Celerio
    signed 2017-10-18 09:46:08 -0500
  • Julie Borst
    signed 2017-10-18 09:43:36 -0500
    What does it take for Office of Civil Rights or the Department of Justice to step in? Violation of federal law is no small thing.
  • Terry Kalb
    signed 2017-10-18 09:42:32 -0500
    CPS is in violation of Federal civil rights law and IDEA. File a complaint with OCD and DOJ!
  • Stacza Lipinski
    signed 2017-10-18 09:40:05 -0500
  • Aaron Johnson
    signed 2017-10-18 09:39:08 -0500
  • Tim Lacy
    signed 2017-10-18 09:24:58 -0500
  • Sue Morrissey
    signed 2017-10-18 09:21:17 -0500
    CPS has reached a new low.
  • Maureen Cullnan
    signed 2017-10-18 09:20:26 -0500
  • Elisabeth Greer
    signed 2017-10-18 09:17:32 -0500
  • Michael Scott
    signed 2017-10-18 09:13:30 -0500