Josiah was a 6-year-old boy who was battling with anemia and other health problems that caused him to rely on tube feeding. Since moving from Chicago to the suburbs, his mother couldn’t get the in-home nursing assistance that she needed to care for Josiah. She tried for months to get the care she was entitled…

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inequalities in schools

Recently, ProPublica created a database called “Miseducation” that allows people to examine racial inequalities in schools and their districts in the United States. Illinois, particularly Chicago, is very segregated and this shows in schools. After looking at the Illinois data, ProPublica listed three major takeaways: In the U.S. Black students are more likely to be…

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Governor Rauner signs a bill drafted by Legal Council for Health Justice which clarifies and strengthens the ability of parents and guardians to pursue mediation where there are disagreements with the school about their child’s special education services. In addition to clarifying the process for children to continue to receive special education services during the entire mediation process (called “stay-put protections”), the bill also requires updating of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for special education that parents must receive. This notice had not been updated since 2009!

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