State takes con­trol of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion at Chicago schools

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CHICAGO | The state of Illi­nois has taken con­trol of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion at Chicago Pub­lic Schools (CPS) af­ter con­clud­ing a 2016 over­haul by the na­tion’s third-largest school sys­tem vi­o­lated fed­eral law.

The Illi­nois State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted Wed­nes­day to take the un­usual step of ap­point­ing an in­de­pen­dent mon­i­tor to over­see all spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion plans and poli­cies for at least three years.

The state launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion last year af­ter ap­peals from par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors and a WBEZ Ra­dio re­port that found the changes saved the cash-strapped dis­trict money but led to big cuts to ser­vices.

The state de­ter­mined there were “sys­temic prob­lems” at CPS that “de­layed and de­nied” ser­vices to spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents.

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