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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  • Irene Innes
    signed 2017-10-23 09:35:33 -0500
    Special Education is not a cost center. It is an investment in human potential to which we all contribute and from which we all benefit. Productivity in education should not be measured in the same terms as a for-profit business. If you want to apply a business model to public education, consider that The Board of Education’s first priority should be accountability to its shareholders: the people of Chicago who expect their public schools to make a sincere effort to provide the best education possible to all students with the money they have invested in this endeavour. I am appalled that my contributions as a taxpayer were abused in such a callous fashion.
  • Cathleen O'Brien
    signed 2017-10-23 09:03:52 -0500
  • Sarah Weipert
    signed 2017-10-23 08:57:27 -0500
    Sarah Weipert
  • Katherine Henry
    signed 2017-10-23 07:59:27 -0500
    We need someone we can trust to do right by our most vulnerable kids – what was done to diverse learners is despicable!
  • Ayrie Moore
    signed 2017-10-23 07:46:29 -0500
  • Rinda West
    signed 2017-10-23 07:39:24 -0500
  • Maureen Keane
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  • Maureen Keane
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    Sign the petition: Letter to Demand Mayor Fires Claypool http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/claypool_letter?recruiter_id=18053
  • Raymond Wohl
    signed 2017-10-23 03:04:50 -0500
    Mr. Claypool has demonstrated a lack of understanding public education, lack of leadership, and is responsible for repeated educational Mal practice. There is a lack of confidence in Forest Claypool’s ability to work with schools, administrators, teachers, parents and the community. He was and continues to be ill equipped to lead CPS. He misleads the board and the public. He is a political public relations machine who continues to privatize the public schools to great detriment. He must be removed immediately.
  • Troy LaRaviere
    signed 2017-10-23 01:19:00 -0500
  • Hannah Carroll
    signed 2017-10-22 23:52:29 -0500
  • Carrie Shonk
    signed 2017-10-22 23:04:02 -0500
  • Christine Saxine
    signed 2017-10-22 22:33:44 -0500
  • Margaret Carroll
    signed 2017-10-22 21:59:30 -0500
  • Crystal Bell
    signed 2017-10-22 17:18:14 -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
  • 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.
  • 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!