Special Education Still Understaffed In CPS, Critics Say

November 12, 2018 - 3:57 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — An advocacy group says Chicago Public Schools have still not made needed reforms, -six months after the state took control of special education programs at CPS.

For one thing, advocates for reform wanted more staff to be hired for special ed.

But attorney Matt Cohen, who is an advocate for reform, said the state has had six months to oversee that. The result of the reform group's survey show inadequate staffing still.

"Three-fourths of the staff who responded to our survey said they had students they were working with who were still not getting services they were supposed to get because staff hadn't been hired to provide them,” Cohen said Monday.

More school nurses are still needed at CPS, for special education students, Cohen said.

A spokeswoman for CPS said officials considers special education a priority.

"The district remains fully committed to working with advocates, parents, and educators to continue to strengthen our special education program and ensure the needs of all students are met.”

WBBM is trying to get in touch with the state board of education.