Illinois special education students should not be part of some Grand Bargain. Action needed.

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Governor Rauner’s Secretary  of Education, Beth Purvis.

-Bev Johns

Yesterday, State Representatives Will Davis, Robert Pritchard,and Linda Chapa LaVia introduced House Bill 2808 which would eliminate Special Education Personnel Reimbursement and fund special ed based on General ed students.

State Senators asked Governor Rauner’s office to draft a proposed bill to change education funding based on the report of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.

(1) Please send an email to the Governor’s Secretary  of Education, Beth Purvis, with a copy to Sara Shaw.  beth.purvis@illinois.gov,  sara.shaw@illinois.gov

Ask them to please keep Special Education Personnel Reimbursement out of any integrated school funding formula in suggested draft legislation.

Tell them how important dedicated funding for special education teachers (and other specialized staff) is to your child, your classroom and your school. 

(2) Immediately contact the Sponsors of HB 2808.State Representative Will Davis: 217-782-8197708-799-7300, States Representative Robert Pritchard: 217-782-0425 / 815-748-3494 bob@pritchardstaterep.com, State Representative Linda Chap LaVia: 217-558-1002 / 630-264-6855 chapa-laviali@ilga.gov

Ask them to please take the elimination of Special Education Personnel Reimbursement out of House Bill 2808.

Tell them how important dedicated funding for special education teachers (and other specialized staff) is to your child, your classroom and your school. 

Illinois does not want to drastically reduce special education like Texas did using Response to Intervention (RTI), until it was forced to stop doing that.

4 Replies to “Illinois special education students should not be part of some Grand Bargain. Action needed.”

  1. SOS
    2-10-17

    A Bill to eliminate the Department of Education is working its way and not at all surprising. Many programs in public school are in peril.

    This current move by Congress was foreshadowed by Sen. Warren (see attached).

    Yours, in education,
    Dr. Charles W. Birch, public school teacher

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
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    April 14 at 2:20pm ·
    The ink is barely dry on Congress’s new education law, but some Senate Republicans are already trying to stop the Education Department from enforcing critical provisions to ensure that the law truly invests federal resources to support our teachers and give all our kids – especially our most vulnerable kids – a great education.
    While some Republicans may prefer for the Department to ignore those provisions, we all know that the new law wouldn’t have passed without them. They’re the reason I voted for it. They’re the reason scores of House and Senate Democrats voted for it. And they’re the reason President Obama signed it into law.
    Watch me tell the new Secretary of Education that he has a responsibility to enforce all of the law’s provisions – not just some of them – to ensure that states actually use federal education dollars to help our most vulnerable kids, and don’t simply treat those dollars as a pile of free taxpayer money for Republican governors to divert to their own pet projects or tax-cuts.

  2. Too bad we’re in a state (of chaos) whose lawmakers are unwilling to protect our kids who already are–& have for years–getting the backhand of educational opportunities. For every special ed. child who is hurt by denial of services (right now, the law, Mrs. DeVos) so, too, are gen.ed. students. But people who are not in classrooms know nothing of this, & most do not care.
    So–double-whammy, esp. since federal under DeVos is going to leave everything to the states.
    MAKE THOSE CALLS & WRITE THOSE E-MAILS!

  3. Yes, it is the right bill. Your link is to SENATE bill 2808 is an old session of the General Assembly.
    The correct bill is HOUSE bill 2808 is the current session.

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