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In-school lawyer makes case for helping teens Tribune
For the last two years, lawyer Sarah Biehl, 29, a self-described "girl from rural Ohio," has run what might well be the city's first-ever in-school law clinic.

Disabled kids left in lurch after CPS' budget cuts: suit Sun-Times
As a federal judge hears arguments today in a class-action suit seeking to reverse special education budget cuts by the Chicago Public Schools, a report says the June cuts have been devastating to the system's 55,000 such students. To trim $26 million, CPS cut 950 teachers and aides who work with disabled kids.

Many CPS Schools Without Power, Schools Remained Open Despite Conditions WBBM 780
A schools spokesman, Malon Edwards says about 30 schools had little or no electricity and that most remained open for classes. Some schools also had flooded basements.

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  • In regards to the motion in the Corey H. case discussed in the Sun Times article. Judge Robert Gettleman today ruled against the motion to restore the special education positions that the CPS cut in June. The CPS claimed in court it had since the begining of this school year added 61 special education teaching positions and over 150 speical education aide positions to its budget.

    The CPS stated that the cost of these restored positions was $10.8 million dollars. There was a document filed by the CPS last night which I have yet to look at which they state supports their staffing increase.

    Access Living as you all know opposed these cuts and met with Mr. Duncan, even raised the issue with the Mayor, objected at board meetings, etc, well before the cuts were implmented. The CPS continued to argue they could not restore the positions proposed to be cut. Now they somehow claim to have come up with 10.8 million?

    Well here is the question we would like to ask people out in schools, have you had special education positions restored at your schools? Have kids been reassigned one on one aides at your schools? Moreover, we would ask principals if they were given positions for special educations since the begining of the school year and have they been able to fill them?

    If in May and June the CPS put 10.8 million on the table and said we will reduce the cuts by that amount there never would have been this court action I would suspect. We at Access Living are wondering how real these position restorations in fact are.

    Rodney Estvan

    Access Living of Metro Chicago

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