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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  • Patrick Rutherford
    signed 2017-10-23 17:08:05 -0500
  • Maggie Skogsbakken
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  • christina sutherland
    signed 2017-10-23 16:23:07 -0500
  • Katelyn Burke
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  • Mary Shapiro
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  • Lisa Schneider
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  • Lisa Schneider
    signed 2017-10-23 13:23:34 -0500
    I have a special ed child in CPS and my husband is a first responder for the CFD. Please hear us!
  • Gloria Charles
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  • David Rechs
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  • Susan Ramirez
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  • Dorothy Pagosa
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  • Lottie Steel
    signed 2017-10-23 11:45:16 -0500
    Its shame that this department still use tactics like this to help keep divert y to our chrildren not help them but, paid out $15.M out to a contractors to cut back service
  • Katharine Wakem
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  • Lena Charles
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  • Lindsay Porter
    signed 2017-10-23 10:00:36 -0500
    Just another family forced out of CPS because our son with autism could not get the services he needs to succeed.
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  • Carrianne Scheib
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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.
  • ozden esme
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  • Cathleen O’Brien
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  • Sarah Weipert
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    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