Special Education Task Force
The Special Education Task Force was created in 2015 to bring together rank and file members of the CTU with parents, students and activists for disability rights. Its work has led the CTU’s approach to special education issues since then.
If you want a member of the CTU Special Education Task Force to host a "Know Special Education Law" training in your neighborhood, please email Natasha Carlsen.
- Special Ed Cuts Flyer & Spanish Version
- Testing Accommodation & Modification Graphic Organizer
- Sample Special Education grievance
- Request to Join CTU Committee form (to join CTU Special Education Committee)
- Parents’ Rights in the IEP Process flyer
- Special Education informational flyers
- Special Education Rights PowerPoint
- Video of Special Education Rights Training
- How to Modify REACH Performance Tasks per IEP
- Special Education Task Force meetings:
Normally the 1st Tuesday of every month.
Located in CTU offices (1901 W. Carroll Ave.) at 4:30pm.
If you want to join, email Natasha Carlsen.
Special Education Class Size Limits
Check to see if your class sizes are too big and/or if you need an additional paraprofessional to meet ISBE regulations. Download this flyer with contract info and examples of successful challenges.
For example: If you have at least one student who is receiving special education services at least 60% of the time, and you have 9 students, then you would receive 1 additional paraprofessional. This paraprofessional is additional, so she/he is not attached to any IEP minutes.
Per State Special Education Rules at 23 Illinois Administrative Code 2-26.730(b) and (c)
|* Students’ % of time receiving SPED services||Number of students allowed in class||Number of additional students allowed with a PSRP (whole-class, not 1-on-1)||Total class max with teacher and PSRP|
|60% or more||8||5||13|
|All Early Childhood SPED (ages 3–5)||5||5||10|
* Numbers are based on the student in the class with the greatest portion of time in SPED.