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The Advocates Group

The Advocates issued this survey to examine the current situation in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education program under the supervision of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and its Monitor. In May 2018 the ISBE found CPS’ policies violated special education law and subsequently appointed a monitor to oversee the district’s special education program for the next three years and carry out the agency’s corrective actions. We hope ISBE finds these survey results to be a helpful indicator of the current status of ISBE’s monitoring for further improvements. A total of 800 parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders took the survey from September 24, 2018 to October 12, 2018.

ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education, Advocates appeal to Pritzker to fix the problems

Teachers say CPS has not fixed problems; parents still in the dark about ISBE findings and students’ right to compensation

CHICAGO—Six months after the state nominally took control of special education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is still failing to bring the promised changes to students with disabilities, according to results of a new parent/teacher survey.

Access Living Calls Upon the IL General Assembly to Support Protections for Undocumented Immigrants with Disabilities

Override the Governor’s Veto on SB34, SB35, and SB3103

Access Living was extremely disappointed to hear Gov. Rauner announce Friday his plans to veto three immigration bills that would have offered vital human rights protections to undocumented immigrants with disabilities – The Voices Act (SB 34), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) and the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (SB 3103).
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