The state voted yesterday to appoint an independent monitor to oversee almost all aspects of CPS’ special education. Please read this entire email... We need you to Grow With Us for more wins in public education!Read more
CPS held the first round of community meetings this week on their proposed school actions. We attended and live tweeted the following meetings: NTA, Hirsch HS colocation with a religious charter school, Ogden-Jenner merger (which was the one proposal guided and informed by the community), and Englewood HS closings (CPS plans to close the 4 neighborhood high schools in Englewood leaving a one year gap before the new high school is built which will start with only incoming freshman.)
- NTA meeting coverage starts with this tweet; search #wearenta.
- Ogden-Jenner meeting coverage is in this thread; search #OgdenJenner.
- Hirsch HS colocation meeting coverage is in this thread; search #HirschHuskyPride was used. (We’ve also submitted concerns about the charter school and spoke at the unelected BOE.)
- Englewood HS closing coverage starts with this tweet; #cpsboard and #Englewood were used.
RYH spoke at the NTA, Hirsch HS, and Englewood meetings. Below are two of those statements.
Find a full list of proposed school actions, transition plans, and details on the next round of community meeting at this webpage. Click on the "School Actions" tab.
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Thank you to our volunteer parents who planned our wonderful forum and who prepared these excellent resources, sample forms and advocacy tools! Thanks to all of you who came out to know your rights, get your resources, and share your stories.
We will post the below resources and sample forms in our Special Education Toolkit for Parents which you can find here.
If you missed the forum, you can watch the video here.
Parents Demand Special Education Changes- Press Conference Video & Unelected BOE Statements, October 25, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, was all about special education advocacy and action in Chicago!
Parents and elected officials joined together for a press conference before the unelected Board of Education meeting. Then, parents attended the BOE meeting and several spoke. A link to the video of the press conference is below as well as text of the BOE statements.Read more
Getting a proper individual education plan (IEP) in CPS and making sure it's implemented properly can be difficult.
Below is a list of resources if you're having problems including a tracking worksheet, a link to sample forms you can use, a list of advocates, who may be able to attend IEP meetings with you, and attorneys who may be able to help if you are unable to resolve the issue via going up the chain of command at CPS.
IEP tracking form
This worksheet is an attempt to make tracking of lost minutes easy and specific. You should ask your child's teacher to confirm where and when your child's IEP minutes are being met, specific names of the staff members who are providing the service and the number of students for which the special education teacher or paraprofessional is responsible at any time they are assigned to meet the minutes set out in your child's IEP. A review of the IEP on your part can help bring clarity to the question of whether or not your child’s IEP minutes are being met.
Resources & Sample Forms from our Special Education Forum, November 16
Below are 2017-18 special education advocacy tips, sample forms for evaluation requests, document requests, confirmation of communication, request for IEP compliance and more.
UPDATE 12.1.18: The ISBE Inquiry Letter: Deciphered for Parents
Want to spread the word about this Toolkit to other parents of children with IEPs or 504s? Please use the below:
We also have two fact sheets on assessment, including standardized testing, of special education students created as part of our ongoing work on assessment with FairTest and the Chicago Teachers Union:
Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (must be referred by medical source)
180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2110 Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 312.605.1974
Equip for Equality (must meet eligibility requirements)
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602, Phone: 312-341-0022
JCFS Legal Advocacy Center
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 312.673.2740
Legal Assistance Foundation (must meet eligibility requirements unless student is a foster child through DCFS)
120 S. LaSalle, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 312.341.1070
Access Living: Rod Estvan
115 W. Chicago, Chicago IL 60654, Phone: 312-640-2100
Educational Advocacy and Consulting
50 S. Main Street, Suite 200 Naperville, IL 60540, Phone: 630 624-3784
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300 Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 312.939.3513
102 Willow Dr. Waukegan, IL 60087, Phone: 224.730.0303, Email: email@example.com
- MFTD Waiver Families
North Shore Pediatric Therapy
950 Lee Street Des Plaines, IL 60017, Phone: 877.486.4140
Pam Labellarte from Advocacy to Action
231 Bingham Circle Mundelein, IL 60060, Phone: 847.401.5053, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorneys (some do low bono and sliding scale)
Law Offices of Charles P. Fox
355 West Dundee, Suite 209 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, Phone: 847.205.9897
Children’s Law Group
142 E Ontario St, Ste 525 Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-265-1055, Email: email@example.com
Christine K. Wee, Esq.
1155 W Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 617.869.2983, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Cohen & Associates
155 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 715 Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 866.787.9270
Mauk & O’Connor
1427 W. Howard Chicago, IL 60626, Phone: 773.262.2377
Law Office of Maureen Graves
Phone: 714.378.5100 Email: email@example.com
Sabrina Shafer, Esq., Breaking Autism, Inc.
Phone: 847.849.7917 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Office of Sandra E. Strassman Alperstein
113 N. McHenry Rd. #134 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, Phone: 847.293.9311
Whitted, Whitted,Takiff & Hansen
3000 Dundee Rd. Northbrook, IL 60062, Phone: 847.564.8662