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Chicago Plans More Cuts to Special Education

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In the summer, the Chicago school district cut about 500 special education teachers and aides from its payroll—saving about $42 million, it said—and recently announced that it plans to make additional cuts of about $12 million.

The cuts would amount to 70 teachers and aides. A school spokeswoman said the reductions were necessary because of an enrollment drop in the 400,000-student district, which is facing a $480 million budget gap.

School administrators told local news organizations that any further cuts would damage their ability to provide a free, appropriate public education to their students with disabilities.

Vol. 35, Issue 07, Page 4

Published in Print: October 7, 2015, as Chicago Plans More Cuts to Special Education
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