Chicago plans major overhaul of special-education system

03/30/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Chicago Public Schools are planning a "major reorganization" of special education to ensure that students are receiving the services they need. Among the changes to the $850 million program -- which serves about 45,000 students with special needs -- are plans to implement a data-driven system for tracking student progress as well as efforts to make the system more parent-friendly. "A special need should not prevent a child from learning," a district spokeswoman said.

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