Special Ed Hearing Today

I'm told that there's a court hearing on the special ed cuts today at noon in federal court about the special ed cuts and IEP changes that have taken effect this year.  The case focuses on a parent whose child was denied a dedicated aide due to the cuts.  CPS cut $26 million from special ed this year.

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  • The motion for intervention on behalf Marcel V. was approved over the objections of counsel for CPS. The formal motion for preliminary injunction to have Marcel returned to his kindergarten elementary program with a one on one aide was not ruled on by the Court. This was because a similar action was before an adminstrative law judge in a due process proceeding. The Court was waiting for a decision in that process.

    I would say that this represents a defeat for CPS. In particular the Court expressed extreme concern with the way counsel for CPS redacted sections of Marcel's IEPs submitted to the Court on the basis of "personally identifiable" information. Part of this redacted information clearly stated that Marcel required a one-on-one aide in order to be able to be educated in a regular kindergarten program. This aide was never provided.

    Counsel for Marcel pointed this out in their response to CPS before the hearing. Monahan and Cohen which represented Marcel very effectively demonstrated that his removal from a regular kindergarten program, re-identification as emoitionally disturbed from developmentally delayed without any additional evaluations conducted, reflected CPS layoffs of hundreds of aides.

    The plaintiff in the Corey H case are now conducting discovery of letters written by CPS pricipals who attempted to stop layoffs of aides at their schools last March and April. Teachers who have knowledge of how they were informed of staffing reductions and or principal statements regarding these cuts should forward this information to me and I will relate it to cousel for plaintiffs.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living of Metro Chicago

    rdest@aol.com

  • I, too, would be interested in how many SPED teachers live the system each year. I suspect that it is higher than in the General Ed.

    I am going to be very interested in how the case is decided for the kindergarten student who needs a 1 on 1 to stay in Gen. Ed. I think the Board is doing a great disservice to least restrictive environment to say that one aide can service multiple students because this limits their access to Gen. Ed. because the aide can not be in multiple places at the same time.

    It also quickly burns out the ESP personnel because they get frustrated since they cannot meet the needs of all of these students at once.

  • I, too, would be interested in how many SPED teachers live the system each year. I suspect that it is higher than in the General Ed.

    I am going to be very interested in how the case is decided for the kindergarten student who needs a 1 on 1 to stay in Gen. Ed. I think the Board is doing a great disservice to least restrictive environment to say that one aide can service multiple students because this limits their access to Gen. Ed. because the aide can not be in multiple places at the same time.

    It also quickly burns out the ESP personnel because they get frustrated since they cannot meet the needs of all of these students at once.

  • The Family Resource Center on Disablities in Chicago does have a list of resources. Wright's Law on the web has national information on parent's rights, but it is not specific to our state.

    I have not seen hard data on special education teachers leaving CPS for a few years. The last data I saw indicated that special education teachers on average leave CPS two years eariler than do regular education teachers. The highest turn over rate was for self contained teachers in elementary schools.

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