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At CPS, more special education dollars go to white, wealthier students

By Sarah Karp,

Tara Williams is fighting hard for her 12-year-old son, who has serious learning and behavior disabilities. She fears what lies ahead if he doesn’t get the help he needs from his public school on Chicago’s West Side.

“I really worry that he will just give up,” Williams said.

A feisty and devoted single mom, Williams already has moved from one poor African-American neighborhood on the South Side to what she considers a safer neighborhood on the West Side.

She often wonders if her son would get more help if he lived in a better-off, mostly white neighborhood with more clout.


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