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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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Cuts to special education after the ..., 26 Aug 2015 [cached]
Cuts to special education after the school year begins are unprecedented, says Rod Estvan of the advocacy group Access Living.
"This has never really happened before. Special education cuts have come during the budgetary process," says Estvan, adding that the need for special education teachers grows throughout the year as students are properly identified.
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.
Rodney Estvan, an education ..., 25 Aug 2015 [cached]
Rodney Estvan, an education policy analyst with the disability advocacy group Access Living, applauded the new selective schools but criticized the district for not bringing in enough property tax dollars to support its ambitions.
Families "are getting these benefits and they're staying in the city and their houses are going up into the million-plus neighborhood," he said, "but they're not being taxed the way they would be if they had million-plus houses in Winnetka."
Rod Estvan, of the advocacy ..., 12 Aug 2015 [cached]
Rod Estvan, of the advocacy group Access Living, says CPS has been moving away from these types of district-run specialty schools and instead sending students to privately-run therapeutic day schools that have contracts to service CPS students.
Estvan clarified that his organization is not and has not been a supporter of Montefiore, but he recognizes that there are no other district-run options for the kinds of students who wind up there: "We don't like the idea of disability-only schools. It's not consistent with our philosophy.
But Rod Estvan of the ..., 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
But Rod Estvan of the advocacy group Access Living, says the actual cuts are slightly less severe than he originally expected although he was still analyzing the data on Monday afternoon. He says he's heard from principals across the district who successfully lobbied CPS for more funding and positions, arguing that they couldn't serve their students with reduced budgets.
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