The current SE-PAC advocacy agenda includes the following areas of concern:

  • Early screening for dyslexia and implementation of research-based, structured literacy instruction to benefit all students and address the needs of students with language based learning disabilities. Concern that CPS’s model for intervening with struggling readers is counter-productive for students with dyslexia.
  • Quality of Services in Substantially Separate Programs including teacher certifications and high expectations for learning.
  • Lack of opportunities for partial inclusion of students whose disabilities require extensive specialized instruction in a separate setting, but who would benefit from, and contribute to, the full life of the school.
  • Disproportionate disciplinary rates of students with disabilities and particularly African American boys with disabilities.
  • Lack of positive behavioral support programs and trauma-sensitive approaches across all schools, and traumatization of students with disabilities through the application of punitive approaches to behavior.
  • Racial inequity in referral to the office of student services for behavioral concerns.
  • Racial and socioeconomic equity in placement of students with disabilities.
  • Universal Design and other specific inclusion initiatives that are good for students with disabilities in full inclusion placements (PBIS, Leveling Up / de-tracking, RtI)
  • Inappropriate referrals to Sheltered English Immersion for immigrant students with autism and language based learning disabilities.

We want to make the system stronger – not just for our children, but to improve learning for all children

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