Chicago’s Special Ed Teacher Shortage Continues

Sun-Times Editorial Board

Plenty of schools are no doubt in the same boat as Camras Elementary.

The school in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood can’t find special education teachers and is forced to rely instead on substitutes who don’t have the proper certification to teach special ed classes.

hat’s no way to educate any child, of course. But it’s especially troubling when a child has autism, a learning disability or some other special need.

So it’s no wonder that disability advocates, parents and teachers are frustrated and upset, accusing the Chicago Public Schools of failing to provide these children with services to which they’re legally entitled. An independent monitor appointed by the state to oversee special ed services isn’t doing enough either, they claim.

It’s deja vu all over again, unfortunately. 

Frustration keeps cropping up because CPS has a history of special education failures. The district spent more than a decade under federal oversight for violating federal law and segregating disabled children in separate classrooms.

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