It's no big surprise that CPS hasn't been doing right by its special education students.
And now there's a new report about it from the state board, and a little bit of news coverage too (CPS Gets Failing Grade for Special Education Classes). Forty percent of schools get a failing grade. Too many kids don't have IEPs. Some are regressing.Pretty disgusting stuff. No wonder parents who can afford to get their kids other options pay big money to do so. (Forty-five thou a year at Hyde Park Day School, someone told me.)
But what needs to happen for things to get better for everyone else, though? Another court case? Some federal action from the Obama administration, or a change to IDEA? A scandal? A report won't in and of itself make a difference. There are lots of other, higher-priority issues in front of the Board. But I'm sure it's not as bad in other districts as it is here, and that there are things that can be done to make the situation better.
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