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CPS special education budget slashed

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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.


  • Phyllis 5 years ago

    The CPS saga continues; thanks for keeping us informed. (Chicago Homeschooling Examiner.)

  • John 5 years ago

    How about some further explanation into why they're taking money out. Is it because they spend too much money on scribes or there's inefficiencies within the staff. Seems like the kids have to suffer based off the decisions made by adults.

  • CPS Teacher 5 years ago

    With ALL of the budget cuts coming into play, it is clear that the students are not being put first (regular ed and special ed). What we are doing to our youth across the nation is a tragedy.

    John- Spend a couple years working in a CPS school and maybe you will stop blaming the teachers. You words are harsh and unnecessary. I work with some of the most hardworking and dedicated staff I have ever seen… and together we work with some of the most challenging students from heartbreaking backgrounds. People hear how CPS students are leaving high school reading at a 7th or 8th grade level, but when one of my students who has a learning disability comes to me as a freshman as a non-reader and leaves reading at a 9th or 10th grade level, I consider that a HUGE success. Our gains may go unnoticed or seem miniscule in comparison to other schools (with students who have been fortunate enough to have their most basic needs met), but CPS school teachers are making a difference in the lives of

  • CPS Teacher (contd) 5 years ago

    our most neglected youth – academically and emotionally.

    I sleep better at night knowing I am helping make a difference with these children our society has abandoned and pushed aside to the poorest areas of the nation. I hope you think about that next time you are trying to.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Special Education teachers work hard, spend their own monies to buy
    materials and create interesting teaching lessons for their students. They
    never stop helping the students advance and become members of the mainstream. . . that's the goal. But what they want most are ways to develop better means to diagnose, and help special ed students to come out of the Special Ed confines and live normal, and self-supporting independent lives.

  • CPS Special Ed Mommy 3 years ago

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