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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Tim Scanlon
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Ellen Moderhack
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Jeff London
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Mary Lee Gustafson
Evelyn Palen
Ella Wagner
Leah Rieger
Ellen Garza
Vatsala Kumar
Tim Lovell
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Tressa McMillan
Andrew Rowlas
Eva Watson
Elise Thanasouras
Kelly Carroll
Daniella Alvarez
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  • Tim Scanlon
    signed 2017-10-20 10:45:18 -0500
  • Susan Bank
    signed 2017-10-20 10:40:46 -0500
    I am a psychiatrist long time practicing in Chicago. This city has become a disgrace and living in a city where the disabled and mentally impaired are constantly neglected is unacceptable. It’s startling how unsympathetic your actions are and I am applied that I voted for you. Wont happen again!
  • La Veda Underwood
    signed 2017-10-20 10:39:35 -0500
  • Joanne Cahnman
    signed 2017-10-20 10:12:54 -0500
  • Ellen Moderhack
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  • Ellen Moderhack
    signed 2017-10-20 10:06:36 -0500
    I’m stunned that the CPS has forced service cuts onto our neediest and most vulnerable students and families. And to do it in a secretive and back-handed manner, adds insult to injury. Forest Claypool and others should be held accountable for their dishonest and devastating actions. Public education is a social service and should be run as such, not as a business that funnels profits to a few gate-keepers. Shame on you.
  • Nathan La Porte
    signed 2017-10-20 09:52:36 -0500
  • Rachel Johnson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-20 09:47:54 -0500
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  • Leslie Grayson
    signed 2017-10-20 09:47:26 -0500
  • Rachel Johnson
    signed 2017-10-20 09:47:09 -0500
  • Christina Grom
    signed 2017-10-20 09:40:50 -0500
  • Cynthia Johnson
    signed 2017-10-20 09:39:17 -0500
    The Mayor and the CPS Board should be ashamed of themselves. It makes me extremely angry that they cut funding to students with special needs. That just proves to me that they run the public schools for their own best interests, not the students. It’s great that the Mayor and the CPS Board want to save money, but to do so by depriving the students who need the most help is inexcusable! The whole CPS Board needs to resign and Chicago citizens should be able to elect our own school board members.
  • patricia kroll
    signed 2017-10-20 09:34:41 -0500
    the funds must be released to support special education .p atricia kroll
  • Jeff London
    signed 2017-10-20 09:34:32 -0500
  • Carolina Rodriguez
    signed 2017-10-20 09:29:45 -0500
  • Mary Lee Gustafson
    signed via 2017-10-20 09:29:16 -0500
  • Evelyn Palen
    signed 2017-10-20 09:24:12 -0500
  • Ella Wagner
    signed 2017-10-20 09:21:50 -0500
  • Leah Rieger
    signed 2017-10-20 09:20:13 -0500
  • Ellen Garza
    signed 2017-10-20 09:16:34 -0500
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  • Vatsala Kumar
    signed 2017-10-20 09:13:20 -0500
    I am not a CPS parent, but a concerned Chicago citizen. Someday I may choose to enroll my children in CPS, and if they have special needs they deserve a full education as much as every other child.
  • Tim Lovell
    signed 2017-10-20 09:09:47 -0500
  • William Rosen
    signed 2017-10-20 09:08:39 -0500
    William Rosen
  • Lauren Harper
    signed 2017-10-20 08:39:27 -0500
  • Tressa McMillan
    signed 2017-10-20 08:36:31 -0500
    While you’re at it someone needa to look at how the Common Core burdens students achievement and teachers in their service to moderatly and severely handicapped students. Students suffer as teachers are mandated to follow the standards at grade level at the expense of the needs of students as specified in their IEPs. Tressa McMillan
  • Andrew Rowlas
    signed 2017-10-20 08:23:15 -0500
    Privatization and charter schools are not the answer. The backbone of American education is quality public education and the mayors of this city in the past 20 years have abandoned this basic right for all children.
  • Eva Watson
    signed 2017-10-20 07:50:11 -0500
  • Elise Thanasouras
    signed 2017-10-20 07:41:09 -0500
  • Kelly Carroll
    signed 2017-10-20 06:45:23 -0500
    Next time you revise the service plan for Special Education students, ask the teachers what is needed. Big data does not tell the whole story. Shame on the central office for paying expensive consultants.
  • Daniella Alvarez
    signed 2017-10-20 06:38:15 -0500