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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  • Margaret Carroll
    signed 2017-10-22 21:59:30 -0500
  • Crystal Bell
    signed 2017-10-22 17:18:14 -0500
  • Annie Leveritt
    signed 2017-10-22 16:38:57 -0500
  • Mary Lou Zwick
    signed 2017-10-22 16:00:04 -0500
  • Courtney McIvor
    signed 2017-10-22 15:28:43 -0500
  • Daniel Jakubczak
    signed 2017-10-22 15:15:33 -0500
    As a teacher with students who have accommodations in the classroom I understand the extra time and effort needed to give these students what they need to succeed in the classroom. Money is being taken from those students and will not be recouped with these changes. The Illinois government needs to supply the promised money for CPS schools.
  • Luke Halvorsen
    signed 2017-10-22 14:11:46 -0500
  • Sam Ramachandran
    signed 2017-10-22 14:07:08 -0500
    Fire him and revamp CPS to help special needs children and put our taxpayer dollars to work.
  • Gordon Mayer
    signed 2017-10-22 13:44:27 -0500
  • Frederick Brown
    signed 2017-10-22 08:57:29 -0500
    Frederick D Brown
  • Cheryl Schenk
    signed 2017-10-21 18:34:13 -0500
  • Melissa India
    signed via 2017-10-21 15:59:55 -0500
  • Lisa Wax
    signed 2017-10-21 13:31:04 -0500
    With the continued cuts to Special Education, CPS has endangered the lives of students with special needs.
  • Janet Kemper
    signed via 2017-10-21 13:17:03 -0500
  • Micheal O'Doherty
    signed 2017-10-21 12:24:18 -0500
  • David Shapiro
    signed 2017-10-21 12:23:25 -0500
  • Robert Kass
    signed 2017-10-21 11:45:17 -0500
    Students with special needs deserve the support they need to get an education equal in value to students without special needs. The whole system of Chicago Public Schools needs to be strengthened, not weakened.
  • Frank Gibson
    signed 2017-10-21 09:13:44 -0500
  • Naema Abraham
    signed via 2017-10-21 08:51:24 -0500
  • Yesenia Diaz
    signed 2017-10-21 07:28:20 -0500
    Yesenia Diaz

    We need help in order to provide help, special ed assistance is crucial!
  • Chris Baehrend
    signed 2017-10-21 07:16:31 -0500
  • Leah Whitesel
    signed 2017-10-21 07:06:36 -0500
  • Suzanne
    signed 2017-10-21 00:35:43 -0500
  • Libby Frank
    signed 2017-10-20 23:36:00 -0500
  • Kathleen Walsh RN
    signed 2017-10-20 23:09:16 -0500
    Kathleen Walsh RN—Mr. Claypool might do well in some business sector, but he hasn’t a clue about Education and obviously could care less about children and families and how they need assistance to function and prosper in Education/Life endeavors. Watching him at Board Meetings is a bone-chilling experience. He is not qualified to have anything to do with Education or any other human services for that matter.
  • Federico Gutierrez
    signed via 2017-10-20 23:02:10 -0500
  • Jerry Pendergast
    signed via 2017-10-20 22:36:39 -0500
  • Meghan Zefran
    signed 2017-10-20 21:58:54 -0500
  • Stella Kukadia
    signed 2017-10-20 20:45:04 -0500
  • Carlotta Passmore
    signed 2017-10-20 19:42:41 -0500