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CTU to Participate in Special Ed Action at City Hall

CHICAGO—On Tuesday, special education teachers, teacher aides and clinicians of the Chicago Teachers Union will join with parents, students, labor leaders, faith leaders, civic leaders and the community in calling for more tools and resources for the city’s more vulnerable students: those with special needs. During this action, students, families and teachers will bring their lists of classroom and school needs to Santa at City Hall.

This action comes on the heels of a recent CTU survey of special education teachers, which showed the magnitude of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s widespread cuts to services for Chicago public school students living with disabilities—cuts that will increase in the wake of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2822, which would have provided $215 million to Chicago Public Schools.

Teachers responding to the survey reported losing supports such as direct clinician services, access to social workers, speech pathologists and occupational therapists. Ninety percent of survey respondents reported at least one major special education cut at their school, with 65 percent reporting the loss of special education classroom assistants and paraprofessionals.

This action will amplify CTU’s fight forward for the high-quality neighborhood public schools the students and families of Chicago deserve—no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, special needs or ZIP code.

WHAT:      
Dear Santa:  I Want Special Ed Services!

WHEN:
Dec. 20, 4:30p.m.

WHERE:          
Chicago City Hall
121 North LaSalle St.           

WHO:                
CTU Members
Community Members
Faith Leaders
Civic Leaders

Chicago Teachers Union