All articles by Rodney Estvan

Access Living Budget analysis for 2015 - 2016 released... ' has to go back to the fiscal crisis of CPS running from 1972 leading up to the districts complete collapse in December 1979 to enter a period comparable to the present reality of CPS...'

[Editor's Note: The following analysis of the Chicago Public Schools budget for the 2015 - 2016 school year ("Fiscal Year 2016", FY16) is reprinted here. The analysis, available in PDF format, is 23 pages long. . . .

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Access Living Statement on the report of the Commission on School Utilization... Bias against special education continues at CPS -- and in the composition of the Commission

[Editor's Introduction: Despite the fact that the Illinois General Assembly had approved a clear facilities procedure for Chicago's public schools, in October 2012, the newly appointed "Chief Executive Officer" of CPS, Barbara Byrd Bennett, declared . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Access Living Statement on Board's New Budget superseded when the Board refuses to consider the 'Proposed Amended Budget'

[Editor's Note: The following is the text of the statement prepared to be delivered at the October 24, 2012 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education by Rodney Estvan of Access Living Chicago. The prepared . . .

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Access Living's Annual Report on the CPS Budget

[Editors' Introduction by George N. Schmidt. The following report was presented to the public and Chicago's press on August 24, 2011 and provided to Substance in September in a form we could present on line . . .

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Response to Sun-Times editorial

My immediate response to the Sun Times editorial is that Tom Mamee, Kate Grossman, Thomas Frisbie, and Mary Mitchell who form the Chicago Sun Times editorial board must either be mathematically challenged or intellectually dishonest. . . .

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Access Living's November 2009 critique of CPS budget has been ignored for too long... Critical review of how Chicago budgets for special education

[Substance editor's note. The following study was originally published by Access Living Chicago in November 2009. It was released to Chicago's corporate press and school officials at that time. Except for a brief mention in . . .

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Access Living Chicago questions CPS on budgeting for disabled children's education

Statement to Chicago Public Schools FY 2010 Budget Hearing August 17, 2009

By Rodney D. Estvan M.Ed.
Youth and Education Outreach Coordinator, Access Living, Chicago

On Friday August 14th I submitted four . . .


Access Living analysis of CPS budget for FY 2009

The FY09 budget makes minimal reductions in special education staff. Based on correspondence from the CPS Budget Officer we learned 89 CPS special education positions were eliminated by this budget and 2 special education aide . . .

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Board warned of budget mess two months before FY 2008 budget release


Members of the Board may be aware in a few days the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is submitting to the US Department . . .

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