Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
Record #: R2015-910   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 11/18/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) regarding impact of budget cuts on Chicago Public Schools special education programs and compliance under Americans with Disabilities Act
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Foulkes, Toni, Sposato, Nicholas, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Munoz, Ricardo, Arena, John, Sawyer, Roderick T., O'Shea, Matthew J., Mitchell, Gregory I., Cappleman, James, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Santiago, Milagros, Villegas, Gilbert, Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., Hairston, Leslie A., Taliaferro, Chris, Ervin, Jason C., Lopez, Raymond A.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Education and Child Development
Attachments: 1. R2015-910.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Education November 18, 2015 City Council Meeting


WHEREAS, under federal law the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois a legally bound by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 126 (as amended 2008); and

WHEREAS, the recently reiterated and expanded ADA Amendments of 2008,122 Stat. 3553(b)(1), stresses that the purpose of the ADA is to 'provid[e] "a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination" and "clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination" by reinstating a broad scope of protection to be available under the ADA; and

WHEREAS, it is the legal and moral obligation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois to provide public education to all students regardless of a student's disability; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Public Schools are funded by taxpayers, with 53.76% of the average taxpayer's dollars in 2014 being paid to the Chicago Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, despite taxpayers' investment in schools, recent figures show that the Chicago Board of Education has cut special education funding to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) by approximately $32 Million to date; and

WHEREAS, there has been no documentation produced by the Board of Education to illustrate the decision making process of these cuts; and

WHEREAS, these cuts cause significant harm to the educational progress and access to education of disabled students; and

WHEREAS, these cuts further cause significant emotional, financial and social costs to students and their families; and

WHEREAS, in the absence of accessible special education programs, students with disabilities go without a foundation to obtain competitive employment as an adult; and

WHEREAS, these cuts have further harmed Special Education teachers, resulting in massive layoffs of these specialized educators; and

WHEREAS, these funding cuts are likely to result in a large number of school facilities being in direct violation of...

Click here for full text