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Education Policy Analyst

Phone: (312) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: r***@***.org
Access Living
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago , Illinois 60610
United States

Company Description: Established in 1980, Access Living is a non-residential Center for Independent Living for people with all types of disabilities. The organization provides services...   more

Employment History


  • Masters Degree , Education
    Saint Xavier University
  • M.Ed.
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Web References
Access Living: Advocacy Staff, 30 Oct 2014 [cached]
Rod Estvan Education Policy Analyst
Rod Estvan was born and raised in Chicago, attending Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and later the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. After college, he taught in two different CPS inner city public high schools. When his elder child was born with a disability, Rod left the field of education and worked in Chicago's financial and commodities industries for several years. He then decided to return to education by working again for CPS at Calumet High School. He also returned to college and obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Saint Xavier University. Rod's master's thesis was on the fiscal collapse of CPS in 1979 and the creation of the Chicago School Finance Authority. Because of problems with his child's education, he was forced to litigate on his child's behalf with his own employer---CPS.
This experience led Rod to become a parent advocate at Access Living in 1995. In 1998, Rod took a new position as a monitor for the Corey H. case in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.
In May of 2006, Rod left the monitor's office and returned to work at Access Living as the Education Policy Analyst.
Rod is the author of several journal articles on special education and writes a yearly analysis of the Chicago Public Schools budget for special education expenditures. He has been involved in the development of special education rules in the State of Illinois and is currently a member of the Illinois Attorney General's Select Committee on Special Education.
But Rod Estvan, an education ..., 8 Nov 2013 [cached]
But Rod Estvan, an education policy specialist at the disability rights group Access Living, contended that the progressive tax was the most important of the proposals on the table. "We need to work on a long-term strategy for revenue generation," said Estvan in a presentation at the meeting, "and a big part of that strategy is to look at the income tax structure."
I read Rodney Estvan's recent ..., 25 April 2015 [cached]
I read Rodney Estvan's recent letter advocating for a separate school district to house all Chicago charter schools with great interest. While I disagree with some of his claims, it is a thoughtful treatment of a difficult issue that currently confronts the Chicago Public Schools: how the district should manage and administer charter school growth in a way that maximizes the chances of more high-quality charter schools but does not inhibit the districts' ability to improve public schools more generally.
Mr. Estvan also claims that charter schools are viewed by some as a means to diminish union power.
Mr. Estvan is on stronger ground when he notes that charter schools face severe financial challenges.
Rodney D. Estvan is an education policy analyst for Access Living of Chicago, a nonprofit that works on behalf of people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, students with milder ..., 17 Mar 2015 [cached]
Meanwhile, students with milder conditions such as learning disabilities or dyslexia tend to be identified after third grade, when they begin getting formally assessed in reading, says Rod Estvan of Access Living.
“Unless that disabling condition is identified that early and tackled in a specific manner it’s not clear how much of a reduction can be expected […] unless they’re going to change the curriculum and really move up the scale with these funds,� he said.
Estvan added that CPS should tread cautiously when it comes to children who need special education services.
“The danger is to make this happen by not identifying some kids, to make your markers,� he said. “It’s not easy to get a kid identified who is in the learning disability category anymore for families, and many parents don’t want their kids identified to begin with, so you could see if this isn’t effective, it could have a very negative consequence for some of these kids because of reluctance to identify.�
The report is authored by Access ..., 22 July 2014 [cached]
The report is authored by Access Living Education Policy Analyst Rodney Estvan. On Wednesday, July 23, Estvan is scheduled to speak about the Budget Review at the Chicago School Board Meeting.
The review does not support the FY 2015 CPS Budget. Though resources devoted to special education are higher than in FY 2014, Estvan writes that "this budget does not even attempt to formulate a plan to address the structural deficit the district is faced with. Traditionally, costs are higher to educate students with disabilities compared to students without disabilities. Because of this, in the budget review, Estvan critiques the overall finances of CPS, "including issues relating to taxation, and pensions. Four of the sections in the report focus on finances. These sections include: The Dynamics of CPS Pension Problems, Student Based Budgeting, Funding for Special Education Services, and Capital Budget Issues. An additional section of the report focuses on Charter Schools. Regarding Charter Schools, Estvan explains that although Charters are being reimbursed for nearly the full amount of special education costs, the schools are not educating some of the most severely disabled students.
The report ends with a series of recommendations on budget and finance issues, charter schools, and staffing. The recommendations include taking a more comprehensive approach to fiscal stabilization. Estvan writes, "Up to now the Board has placed all bets on pension reform savings coming out of the Illinois General Assembly."
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