Urge Governor Pritzker to Fund a New Therapeutic School for Special Education Students

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Please sign and share this online petition urging Governor Pritzker to release the $25 million that was committed by the State of Illinois to build a new AERO Therapeutic Center for our students! 

AERO is a special education cooperative located in Burbank, Illinois.  The school serves 700 students who reside in 11 public school districts.  The school provides a full continuum of special education programming for students with disabilities.  Last year, AERO was included in the Rebuild Illinois Capitol Budget for $25 million with the support of all 14 area legislators.  We are now asking the State to follow through on its commitment to fully fund the State's $25 million portion of PA101-0638 so that the new “AERO Therapeutic Center” can be built to meet the increasing needs of our most fragile and vulnerable students.   

Each of our member school districts have contributed their proportionate share in order for AERO to obtain $25,000,000 to cover half the cost of a $50,000,000 project.  We have engaged Legat Architects and IHC Construction to design and construct the new AERO Therapeutic Center.  The “design development” phase has been completed and we stand ready for the next phase which is the issuance of construction bids with hopes to break ground this Fall.  

We understand that there are many needs for infrastructure improvements across the state of Illinois.  However, it is difficult to identify a greater need than supporting the academic, physical, social, and emotional growth of our most disadvantaged young people.  This is what AERO does on a daily basis for the children in the southwest suburban region beginning at age three and continuing until age 22. 

These students, current and future, deserve the best services available so that they can grow to live fulfilling lives and become meaningful contributors to our society.  The new “AERO Therapeutic Center” would allow us to do just that.

We are asking you to support this project so we can begin to provide a stable and state of the art facility for our students.  Please sign this petition by entering your first name, last name, and email address into the fields on this page. You may also show your support by sharing this petition with other advocates for children with disabilities! 


Sincerely,

James W. Gunnell, Ed.D.

Executive Director

A.E.R.O. School District 806



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