Where Chicago Public Schools went wrong on special education

Oct 22, 2017 by

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From the start of the 2016-17 school year, Chicago parents whose children were in special education began to see big changes in their kids’ schooling that left many of them scrambling for answers and help.

Some with kids in preschool at the Chicago Public Schools complained their children no longer had bus service. Students who in the past had classroom aides no longer had them, or had less help. Getting extra help for a child became an exhaustive process, more so than in the past.

Now we know why. Amid a budget crisis, CPS not only cut funding for special education last year, but the school district also added layers of bureaucracy that made it tougher for parents and teachers to get children extra help required by law, according to a report by WBEZ-91.5 FM.

EDITORIAL

CPS is up against serious financial problems. The district is looking for every way to serve students more efficiently, without diminishing the quality of kids’ education. The district also has serious concerns that African-American and Latino children, especially boys, are being diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities out of cultural biases. We’ve seen that before. Not too long ago, far too many black kids in America were being prescribed Ritalin to treat flawed diagnoses of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders.

Source: EDITORIAL: Where Chicago Public Schools went wrong on special education | Chicago Sun-Times

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