A kind reader sent in the attached PDF listing the total number of special education cuts from last year in CPS at 750 (170 teachers and 580 paraprofessionals) and listing several ways for parents (or teachers) to tell if children are getting the services they are supposed to get under law.
According to the letter, "In some schools, the staff
has told parents that one-on-one services are no longer available, while these
services are continuing to be provided in other schools...Some students who have
previously received a full time aide (1500 minutes) have seen a decrease in the number of
minutes that are written into the IEP, or the IEP does not indicate the number of minutes for
paraprofessional support...Some students who have previously had
instructional aides are now being assigned less-qualified paraprofessionals (for example,
child welfare attendants or bus aides)."
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