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William Hrabe

  • Hosted by Equip for Equality
  • Sponsored by Aon, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Service location Chicago, Illinois
  • Law school University of Illinois College of Law
  • Issue area Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

William will advise and represent low-income families to remedy violations found by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) of Chicago Public School’s (CPS) widespread delay and denial of special education services to potentially thousands of children with disabilities.

ISBE found that CPS implemented policies and procedures that systemically delayed or denied services to potentially thousands of students with disabilities. There are over 52,000 children with disabilities enrolled in CPS, many of whom were harmed by procedural violations that were designed to cut $29 million in special education funding. Will’s project will identify those students who were harmed, ensure they receive the services to which they are entitled, and set up supports to ensure that students have access to the services they deserve in the future.

Fellowship Plans

Will’s project will provide support on three levels. First, it will direct legal assistance to impacted CPS children and their families will get individual students the services they need. Second, community training and outreach to impacted families and community providers will enable parents to effectively advocate on behalf of their children. On the highest level, policy advocacy will report on the ongoing issues and implementation of ISBE’s Corrective Action Plan and develop policy recommendations to ensure compliance with state and federal law in the future.

I have seen how vital these services can be, and as a result, I am best suited to ensure that students within CPS have the same opportunities as those living elsewhere.

William Hrabe /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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