Indictments for Bribery in No Child Left Behind-Mandated Tutoring

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: NILES-BASED EDUCATION FIRMS AND EXECUTIVES INDICTED IN ALLEGED $33 MILLION FRAUD; BRIBES ALLEGEDLY PAID TO FOUR SCHOOL OFFICIALS CHICAGO — The federal government and more than 200 public school districts in 19 … Continue reading

Harvard School District Fires Psychologist who Complained about Special Ed Program to U.S. Department of Education

In December, the United States Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office (OCR) notified Dr. Peter Koehn that his complaints about the treatment of Special Education children met the criteria for an investigation. Monday night the Harvard School Board dismissed whistle … Continue reading

Huntley School District Homeschoolers with Children with Disabilities Invited to Meet with Special Ed Director

The following press release from Huntley School District 158 might be of interest to some readers: Notice IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Mrs. Karen Aylward, Director of Special Services for Consolidated School District 158, of McHenry and Kane Counties, … Continue reading

Huntley School District 158 Spends $250,000 on Lawyers

Since the Huntley-based Grafton Township has spent so much on legal fees, the report on legal fees to the Huntley School Board caught my attention. You can read the detail below by clicking on the images and a summary not … Continue reading

Cheryl Kalkirtz Issues Statement about Leaving Huntley School District

Today we get to hear from the former Special Education Director for District 158 in person. Here is the statement Cheryl Kalkirtz has released: “When I applied for the Director of Special Services position originally, my credentials matched the district’s … Continue reading

More on the Cheryl Kalkirtz Resignation

Over the weekend while our family was in the Wisconsin Dells (son and buddy in water park, father reading novels, wife visiting with family), the following comment on this article about Cheryl Kalkirtz’ resignation letter arrived. I thought it might … Continue reading

“She is a proven professional and has earned the respect of the Administrative Team here at Consolidated School District 158″

The headline is from the third sentence of a January 7th letter of recommendation written by Terry Awrey. He was Cheryl Kalkirtz’ boss while she was employed at Huntley District 158. The entire letter is below. On January 11th, Kalkirtz … Continue reading

The Real Reasons Cheryl Kalkirtz Resigned as Huntley’s Special Education Director

The original opening sentence of yesterday’s Daily Herald’s article on former Special Education Director Cheryl Kalkirtz read, “Recently released documents show a former special education director in Huntley Unit District 158 overstated her qualifications on her job application.” For some … Continue reading