Special education

Policy Update: Protecting Special Education for Illinois Children

UPDATE, 8/26/2019: After passing both the House and the Senate unanimously, Gov. Pritzker signed both bills into law on August 23. Two special education bills crafted in collaboration with Legal Council progressed through the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives on March 27. While CPS and other officials struggle to…

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LETTER TO ISBE: CPS Special Education Update, February 2019

This letter was sent by a special education advocacy group to members of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on the morning of February 26, 2019, prior to a presentation to ISBE members by the ISBE Monitor for Chicago Public Schools’ special education program. Legal Council continues to be an active member of the…

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Chicago Public Schools Limiting Services for Students with Special Needs

Amy Zimmerman, Director of Children and Families Partnerships at Legal Council, was featured in a story by WBEZ that exposes problems with Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) newest policy change affecting children with significant special needs. For the first time, CPS is offering the parents of children who attend “cluster” programs, sometimes called “self-contained classrooms,” the…

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