There's strong opposition to new contract school for autistic and other disabled students from Access Living, among others. They're calling for a delay in approving the new Hope school. See below for details.
- The proposal was oganizationally complex involving both an EMO and the Hope Institute out of Springfield IL
- There was no clear criteria established for admissions of student with Autism and Developmental Disabilities in the proposal. This could lead to preferential placements of these students at the school.
- The elements of the school's inclusion process for students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities are not clearly established in the proposal.
- No site was chosen for the proposed school. Access Living believes where this school is located is a critical factor.
- The CPS funding for the proposed program as outlined in the proposal, even with additional fund raising from the Hope Institute's Foundation, will not be able to provide the level of service intensity that the Hope Institute's School in Springfield IL currently provides.