Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SpEd cuts delayed? If you don't hit it, it won't fall

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SpEd cuts delayed? If you don't hit it, it won't fall:

SpEd cuts delayed? If you don't hit it, it won't fall



Winston jukes stats. Ignores CPS's own report on SpEd needs.

At yesterday's board meeting... Parent Wendy Katten of Raise you hand says, "My son's school lost four positions, they have no change in their enrollment there. You are going to face lawsuits."

At least one Board member (Jesse Ruiz?) apparently agrees with Wendy. He mutters into a hot mic -- "Yes we will." Look for him to be called on the carpet today by Rahm's people who will remind him to "speak when we tell you to speak."

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) appeared on the parents’ behalf to offer a mild threat in language he thought the board could appreciate.

“These children need more assistance, not less,” he said, adding that “the lawsuits that will rain down” on the board by special ed parents will cost more than the cuts are projected to save.
Slick CEO Claypool is feeling the heat and moves to cover his ass. Now he's saying that CPS says it will delay the cuts until it "reevaluates every school's needs". A small victory. Shows that if you hit it hard enough, it will fall.

Cielo Muñoz, a special education teacher at Penn Elementary, described how the school security guard is now pitching in to change diapers. “Students are not getting the services they need,” she said after the board meeting. “I have three Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SpEd cuts delayed? If you don't hit it, it won't fall:

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