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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Rachel Lessem
Julie Hayes
Andrea Tolzmann
Maria Zygmunt
D Anthony Breed
Natasha Carlsen
Gerald Hughes
Carmin Ballou
Josh Radinsky
Tanya Milojkovic
Bridget Lijovic
Clarissa Barahman-Edwards
Patricia Tracy
Sarah Nee
Ame Kaplan
Roberta Salas
Amy De La Fuente
William Hendrickson
Nathan Helsabeck
Nicole Hughes
William Hannigan
Kellie Greene
Megan Lewis
Maria Guerrero
Megan Merrill
Mila Cohen
Miriam Cohen
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  • Rachel Lessem
    signed via 2017-10-17 14:32:19 -0500
  • Julie Hayes
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  • Andrea Tolzmann
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  • Maria Zygmunt
    signed via 2017-10-17 14:29:44 -0500
  • D Anthony Breed
    signed via 2017-10-17 14:29:26 -0500
  • Natasha Carlsen
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  • Gerald Hughes
    signed via 2017-10-17 14:19:30 -0500
  • Carmin Ballou
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  • Josh Radinsky
    signed 2017-10-17 14:18:37 -0500
  • Tanya Milojkovic
    signed 2017-10-17 14:16:44 -0500
  • Bridget Lijovic
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  • Pat Tracy
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  • Clarissa Barahman-Edwards
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  • Patricia Tracy
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  • Sarah Nee
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  • Ame Kaplan
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  • Roberta Salas
    signed 2017-10-17 13:55:39 -0500
  • Amy De La Fuente
    signed 2017-10-17 13:53:40 -0500
    All students with an IEP/504 plan deserve to have their educational needs me in the ways that professionals and specialists have deemed necessary. These decisions and cuts to students in CPS are not only disgraceful, but reprehensible because the administration has deliberately preyed upon some of our most vulnerable children.
  • William Hendrickson
    signed 2017-10-17 13:53:10 -0500
    Clean house
  • Nathan Helsabeck
    signed 2017-10-17 13:53:06 -0500
  • Nicole Hughes
    signed via 2017-10-17 13:51:09 -0500
  • William Hannigan
    signed via 2017-10-17 13:50:12 -0500
    So typical…the ones that need it the most are the ones cut by the politicians…while they send their kids to private schools…
  • Meg Seward
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  • Kellie Greene
    signed via 2017-10-17 13:49:59 -0500
    shameful way to restrict legally mandated services to children. Put childrens needs first!
  • Megan Lewis
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  • Maria Guerrero-Suarez
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  • Maria Guerrero
    signed via 2017-10-17 13:48:41 -0500
    As a mother of two diverse learners; and someone who has fought long and hard for the little accommodations our school is able to provide. It’s devastating to see how easy Claypool is so quick to slash Special Education Budgets. How dare he and anyone else punish my kids because they happen to learn a different way then most students. They are not at fault nor should the be punished and pushed aside. I will not allow that- and will fight tooth and nail to ensure my children are treated equally as all other students.
  • Megan Merrill
    signed via 2017-10-17 13:45:58 -0500
  • Mila Cohen
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  • Miriam Cohen
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