Public comment statements from Raise Your Hand at the unelected Board of Education meeting on July 26, 2017.Read more
Public comment statements from Raise Your Hand parentsRead more
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Below is last week's Weekly Ed Update.Read more
Thank you to our volunteer parents who planned our wonderful forum and who prepared these excellent handouts and advocacy tools!
Thanks, too, to all of the parents, teachers, and principals who joined us tonight.
We will post a link to this page in our Special Education Toolkit for Parents which you can find here.
We were live tweeting as were a few others. See the Storify of the event here.
***In preparing for our November 16, 2017 Special Education in CPS Public Forum (more info on that here) we noticed that 2 links below are broken. You can find File D here and File E here. These documents as well as the ones below will be updated and distributed at our upcoming forum. We will post them on our website when they are ready.Read more
Another month, another unelected Board of Education meeting. Here's what we had to say.
Jennie Biggs, CPS Parent and RYH Board Member, spoke on behalf of RYH. Here is her statement:
Many LSC members are reporting tears at their meetings this week because they don’t know how their schools will run:
You cut $179M from district run schools this summer.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
For additional help in resource connection, please contact us at email@example.com.
Access Living published their annual review of the CPS Budget analyzing the impact of the CPS Budget on special education and students with disabilities, and makes a series of recommendations.Read more
Thanks to the RYH Special Education committee for putting this letter together for parents to send to principals before the start of school. We hope to have this translated into Spanish in the next week.Read more
There were many great speakers at the January unelected BOE meeting. We are posting three statements below.
Raise Your Hand Board Member and CPS Parent Jennie Biggs handed in the attached document which includes comments made by people who signed our Cancel $60M "Obama Prep" Selective Enrollment High School petition. Since the Aramark food service contract was up for renewal, she also handed in a packet which included CPS high school students questioning the quality of the food they are served.Read more