"I'm no expert in this subject area, and don't want to pretend otherwise, but I know enough about government to know when somebody is trying to put a positive spin on making cuts to save money.
The special ed cuts even feature a return by the CPS bureaucracy to the concept of "principal autonomy" by which school principals are given less money to spend and told that with the freedom to spend it as they wish they can accomplish more.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) appeared on the parents' behalf to offer a mild threat in language he thought the board could appreciate.
"These children need more assistance, not less," he said, adding that "the lawsuits that will rain down" on the board by special ed parents will cost more than the cuts are projected to save."