Chicago Public Schools

Renewed Calls For CPS CEO to Step Down

Before the Chicago Public Schools board meeting Wednesday, parents, activists and politicians called for CEO Forrest Claypool to be fired.

"We are ready for funds to be returned to special ed," said special education parent Laurie Viets. "We are ready for an elected school board."

The group laid out a long list of reasons why they want Claypool gone including program cuts and school closings. Some also cited a WBEZ investigation that found wide disparities in special ed funding and services.

CPS spokesman Michael Passman said that report contains factual errors.

"Claypool's lack of accountability and transparency has created harmful for our students," Maria Moreno of the Chicago Teachers Union said.

Ald. Sue Garza said CPS also needs to put more money into infrastructure. She says some school building's in her ward are downright dangerous.

I am appalled that no one is hearing me," she said. "All they do is blow smoke and push me away."

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