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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Sheila Graven
Michele Taylor
Kathryn Person
Deirdre Kenney
Sara Sayigh
Nora Gallagher
Erin Franzinger Barrett
Christina Norris
Tim Furman
Martin Ritter
Victoria Ellis
Michelle Malone
Mary McMahon
Robert Murphy
Kari Latin
Lori Barrett
Kristine Mayle
Adrianne Magness
Tammie Vinson
Grant Fraid
david Robbins
Marianne Anderson
Fred Klonsky
Mari Blair-Pappa
Luisa Dominguez
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  • Sheila Graven
    signed via 2017-10-17 19:28:17 -0500
  • Michele Taylor
    signed 2017-10-17 19:25:29 -0500
  • Kathryn Person
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  • Deirdre Kenney
    signed 2017-10-17 19:16:29 -0500
  • Sara Sayigh
    signed via 2017-10-17 19:14:29 -0500
    Stop this before it is too late. Damage has already been done to children and families – and it is illegal so it will come back on the city. Stop! No more Claypool.
  • Nora Gallagher
    signed 2017-10-17 19:13:11 -0500
  • Erin Franzinger Barrett
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  • Christina Norris
    signed via 2017-10-17 19:02:06 -0500
  • Tim Furman
    signed 2017-10-17 18:55:25 -0500
    In the suburbs, people get IEP meetings, they get action on plans, and they get the services their kids need. It has a lot to do with the elected board feeling accountable to voters. Unlike your little arrangement.
  • Martin Ritter
    signed 2017-10-17 18:53:08 -0500
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  • Kari Latin
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  • Lori Barrett
    signed via 2017-10-17 18:32:22 -0500
  • Kristine Mayle
    signed via 2017-10-17 18:30:33 -0500
    As a special education teacher I have seen first hand how Claypool’s cronyism and cuts have hurt our students. He still hasn’t figured out that you cannot run a school district the same way you run public transportation or the parks. Human beings need to be treated as such. Our special education students aren’t trains or soccer fields and they deserve so much more than our district provides them. Shame on Claypool for trying to save cash on the backs of the kids that need the most!
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