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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Miriam Santiago
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Dawne Moon
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Tara Lockwood
Kayla Zerman
Wendy Waller-Fette
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Marilyn Tamayo
Michelle Mayes
Victoria Long
Shannon Armstrong
Nicholas Wilson
David Marcotte
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Claire Shingler
James Bowman
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Jackson Potter
Jennifer Johnson
Deborah Hellerstein
Jeanette McDermit
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  • Miriam Santiago
    signed via 2017-10-18 09:12:06 -0500
  • Allison Grothaus
    signed 2017-10-18 09:07:45 -0500
  • Patricia Miller
    signed 2017-10-18 09:07:17 -0500
  • Dawne Moon
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    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool
  • Dawne Moon
    signed 2017-10-18 09:04:17 -0500
    It’s time to start investing in our children’s education. —Dawne Moon
  • Emily Fong
    signed 2017-10-18 09:03:37 -0500
    Emily Fong
  • Rachel Jacobs
    signed 2017-10-18 09:03:19 -0500
  • Tara Lockwood
    signed 2017-10-18 09:00:36 -0500
  • Kayla Zerman
    signed 2017-10-18 08:57:09 -0500
  • Wendy Waller-Fette
    signed 2017-10-18 08:55:11 -0500
  • Nancy Pizarro
    signed 2017-10-18 08:53:20 -0500
    As a parent of a child in first grade with an IEP for being on the spectrum, this is horrible, inexcusable behavior coming from CPS and Claypool especially.
  • Marilyn Tamayo
    signed 2017-10-18 08:44:04 -0500
  • Michelle Mayes
    signed 2017-10-18 08:41:04 -0500
  • Victoria Long
    signed 2017-10-18 08:39:51 -0500
  • Shannon Armstrong
    signed 2017-10-18 08:32:32 -0500
    Shannon Armstrong
  • Nicholas Wilson
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:31:00 -0500
    Forrest Claypool has no record of public service, he is a dismantler of Chicago public assets. He is only interested in making deals to enrich a few at the expense of the greater community. He needs to go and not be replaced with someone else who destroys the community trust.
  • David Marcotte
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:29:30 -0500
  • Sarah Rios
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:29:12 -0500
  • Claire Shingler
    signed 2017-10-18 08:24:31 -0500
    I am appalled at the lack of accountability. It is possible to lead with grace even in difficult financial circumstances. It is possible to do the right thing even with little money. What is lacking most is leadershp and accountability-plain and simple.

    I know one of the families profiled by WBeZ personally and I am appalled.
  • James Bowman
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-18 08:24:28 -0500
    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool
  • James Bowman
    signed 2017-10-18 08:23:46 -0500
  • Nancy Hammond
    signed 2017-10-18 08:16:12 -0500
  • Esther Song
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:15:55 -0500
    This is completely outrageous and illegal. Do the right thing for our most vulnerable population.
  • Jackson Potter
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:15:39 -0500
    Jackson Potter
  • Jennifer Johnson
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:12:03 -0500
  • Deborah Hellerstein
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:09:16 -0500
  • Amy Dattner
    signed 2017-10-18 08:06:22 -0500
  • Jeanette McDermit
    signed 2017-10-18 08:06:13 -0500
  • Alison Eichhorn
    signed via 2017-10-18 08:06:05 -0500
  • Kathryn Loan
    signed 2017-10-18 08:01:39 -0500