The City Council’s 11-member Progressive Caucus is not letting up in its drive to force a public hearing on what it calls the “mistreatment and cheating” of special needs students at the Chicago Public Schools.
Last month, the Education Committee abruptly canceled a hearing on the volatile issue without explanation. The cancellation occurred days after the resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th), a former school counselor who ran for alderman with heavy support from the Chicago Teachers Union, branded the cancellation a “cover-up” engineered by mayoral allies to avoid embarrassing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Sadlowski-Garza noted then that parents and teachers had been scheduled to testify about the 181 special ed openings that have denied services to students with special needs, in violation of “individual education plans” that outlined mandated services.
The alderman said the last thing Emanuel wanted was an open hearing that would “basically put CPS on blast.”