After a special task force determined that Chicago Public Schools is receiving as much as twice the funding for special education as other schools in the state, a meeting was held to discuss how these funds were being spent and if/when the budget should be cut. Members of the task force met for more than three hours before deciding to delay their final decision.
The Illinois State Board of Education, however, moved forward with their own recommendation to cut the Chicago Public Schools special education budget by 25% per year for the next three years. That 25% equals over $54m the first year alone.
At the end of that time, CPS would be required to bill the state for special education service instead of paying for them out of the block grant that they currently receive, just like the rest of the public schools in the state.
Head of special service for Chicago Public Schools, Deborah Duskey, describes the results of a budget cut like this as "catastrophic." It was also insinuated that a move like this could be illegal due to the fact that CPS only has their block grant due to a court mandate. However, that has yet to be seen.