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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Lucille Stieber
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Alexios Rosario-Moore, PhD
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Stephen Oren
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Lori Falchi
Michael White
Michelle Glick
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Effie Tsakalis
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Maria Guerrero
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Tiffany Norwood
Natalie Sternberg
Michele Robinson
Gary Duffy
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  • Lucille Stieber
    signed via 2017-10-18 05:49:17 -0500
    Protect and promote our most needy students.
  • Diane Durante
    signed 2017-10-18 05:20:08 -0500
    Your expectation/goal that students show progress so they no longer need services SOUNDS good, but is UNREALISTIC. For example, how does a student with autism progress out of autism?
  • Gregory Goodman
    signed via 2017-10-18 05:15:34 -0500
  • Bridget Rutheford
    signed 2017-10-18 04:41:57 -0500
  • jane nye
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  • jane nye
    signed 2017-10-18 03:15:24 -0500
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  • Alexios Rosario-Moore, PhD
    signed 2017-10-18 03:05:28 -0500
  • Sara Mitchell-Guerra
    signed 2017-10-18 02:24:36 -0500
    It’s hard enough trying to get the services your child needs under the best of circumstances but this is a heinous act by a system that continually puts dollars and cronies over educating children.
  • Stephen Oren
    signed 2017-10-18 02:18:14 -0500
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    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/claypool_letter?recruiter_id=12603
  • Carolyn Brown
    signed via 2017-10-17 23:40:34 -0500
  • Lori Falchi
    signed 2017-10-17 23:28:12 -0500
  • Michael White
    signed 2017-10-17 23:26:31 -0500
  • Michelle Glick
    signed 2017-10-17 23:25:01 -0500
    Put your money where your mouth is!
  • Elena Calzada
    signed 2017-10-17 23:20:26 -0500
  • Effie Tsakalis
    signed 2017-10-17 23:17:28 -0500
  • Felix Chan
    signed 2017-10-17 23:11:05 -0500
  • Maria Guerrero
    signed via 2017-10-17 23:08:22 -0500
  • David Stone
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  • Marianne Perham
    signed 2017-10-17 23:04:13 -0500
  • Steve Darnall
    signed via 2017-10-17 22:57:58 -0500
    Forest Claypool’s behavior has proven him unfit for this job.
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  • Lisa Barcy
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    Lisa Barcy
  • Tiffany Norwood
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  • Natalie Sternberg
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  • Michele Robinson
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  • Gary Duffy
    signed 2017-10-17 22:36:40 -0500
  • Elizabeth Berglin
    signed 2017-10-17 22:29:21 -0500
    I am a community rep on an LSC