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.
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
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.
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.