CTU, Principals: Special Education in Crisis
For Chicago Public School students, this school year has been riddled with instability, from an averted teachers’ strike to the recent political back-and-forth over budget uncertainty.
While the voices of students are sometimes heard above the din, there’s one population of students about whom advocates are especially concerned: those who need special education services.
Tonight: What their parents and teachers say they’re fighting for.
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Feb. 15: On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools and five families of students filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Illinois. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool joins us to discuss the suit and the huge budget shortfall facing the district.
Jan. 24: Is CPS denying support services for children with special needs in order to save money? We speak with the author of a new report from the Better Government Association.
Dec. 7: Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents blasted the district's plan for special education funding in its budget for the coming year, saying it pits students against each other in a "Hunger Games"-esque struggle for school resources.