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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Elizabeth Frank
Kathleen Walsh RN
Federico Gutierrez
Jerry Pendergast
Meghan Zefran
Stella Kukadia
Carlotta Passmore
Lisa May Simpson
Joseph Gaugler
lauren herskovic
Heather Johnstone
Tina Miller
Omar Jamil
John Calcagno
Ellen Waller
Eleanor Choi
Karen Landes
jes yen
Nick Scimeca
Christopher Blake
Rosemarie Colacino
Dayleen Marrero
Ellie Thorman
Dennis Newport
Miriam Socoloff
Martin Cuellar
Susan Singer
Teri Watkins
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  • Suzanne
    signed 2017-10-21 00:35:43 -0500
  • Elizabeth 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
  • Lisa May Simpson
    signed 2017-10-20 18:49:48 -0500
  • Heather
    signed 2017-10-20 17:11:07 -0500
  • Joseph Gaugler
    signed 2017-10-20 16:57:41 -0500
  • lauren herskovic
    signed 2017-10-20 16:53:25 -0500
  • Heather Johnstone
    signed 2017-10-20 16:09:06 -0500
  • Tina Miller
    signed 2017-10-20 15:59:50 -0500
  • Omar Jamil
    signed 2017-10-20 15:52:11 -0500
  • John Calcagno
    signed 2017-10-20 15:51:27 -0500
  • Ellen Waller
    signed 2017-10-20 15:40:07 -0500
    Ellen Waller
  • Eleanor Choi
    signed 2017-10-20 15:02:20 -0500
    Eleanor Choi
  • Karen Landes
    signed 2017-10-20 14:48:01 -0500
  • jes yen
    signed 2017-10-20 14:44:34 -0500
  • Nick Scimeca
    signed 2017-10-20 14:42:19 -0500
    Nick Scimeca
  • Christopher Blake
    signed via 2017-10-20 14:30:29 -0500
  • Rosemarie Colacino
    signed 2017-10-20 13:46:58 -0500
    Rosemarie Colacino
  • Dayleen Marrero
    signed 2017-10-20 13:39:19 -0500
  • Ellie Thorman
    signed 2017-10-20 13:20:01 -0500
  • Dennis Newport
    signed 2017-10-20 12:53:02 -0500
    Claypool is a shill who should be nowhere near City Hall or the halls of power. He basically institutes public policy via public lie. Fire him.
  • Miriam Socoloff
    signed 2017-10-20 12:47:58 -0500
    Disgraceful harassment of already stressed families!
  • Martin Cuellar
    signed 2017-10-20 12:35:57 -0500
  • Susan Singer
    signed via 2017-10-20 12:02:01 -0500
  • Teri Watkins
    signed 2017-10-20 11:53:09 -0500