Special ed teacher sues CPS over firing
by Sarah Schulte - ABC 7 Chicago | 07/11/2017
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A former Chicago Public Schools teacher is suing, claiming the school district fired her for speaking out about special education funding cuts.
Calling it retaliation for being outspoken, Sarah Chambers says Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel don't want anyone challenging their special education policies. CPS says Chambers was fired for serious misconduct involving standardized tests and manipulation of students.
Chambers has been a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher at Saucedo Elementary School since she graduated from college eight years ago. The 31-year-old has spent the same amount of time as one of the teachers union's most vocal members.
In recent years, Chambers has taken her fight against special education cuts to school board meetings, budget hearings and protests. She was fired in April. Chambers believes she lost her job over activism.
"They want to silence all special education teacher advocates. It is clear they are targeting me and fired me because I'm a whistleblower on CPS education law," she said.
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