Success Stories

Our office focuses on individual advocacy, but occasionally our advocacy involves formal complaints to the Illinois State Board of Education that could result in systemic change. Recently, we received a decision from the Board, based on our complaint, ordering the Chicago Public Schools to comply with state and federal law regarding the submission of requests for students that need in-home instruction due to illness. CPS must now accept the request of a physician and not unilaterally insist on a psychiatrist recommendation in cases of mental illness. Their separate form for psychiatric requests must be eliminated, and families can submit requests from their pediatricians or physician assistants, eliminating an unnecessary (and costly) psychiatric consultation and bringing CPS back in line with governing law in this area.

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