Officials say CPS special education policy violated federal law, suggest 3 years of monitoring

May 12, 2018 by

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The Illinois State Board of Education will consider appointing an independent monitor to supervise a broad range of changes to Chicago Public Schools’ special education system after concluding a district overhaul violated a swath of federal law and regulations.

The monitor would have immense authority over the district’s special education practices for at least three school years, and the state would oversee CPS special education budgets and staffing decisions for the coming academic term.

State officials stopped short of backing a demand by special ed advocates for a $10 million compensatory fund for affected students.

The recommendations, outlined in a memo by ISBE’s top attorney and its special education director, will be voted on by the state board next week. If approved, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schools team and CPS special education programs would fall under substantial state control as the mayor pursues re-election.

Source: Officials say CPS special education policy violated federal law, suggest 3 years of monitoring – Chicago Tribune

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