CASE is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as the legal entity responsible for operating special education programs within its member districts.

FOIA Officer
Mary Furbush
22w600 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
[email protected]

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in its education programs and activities and employment. CASE does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, immigration status, order of protection status, status of being homeless, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service or any other protected category in employment or in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The Cooperative complies with all laws and applicable regulations that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by and in the Cooperative, including the following:

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act
The Illinois Human Rights Act
Sections 10-22.5, 27-1, and 20.60 of the School Code and 23 Illinois Administrative Code Part 200
Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 108/
Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/
Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act (GINA), 410 ILCS 513/ and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.
Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/

The Cooperative will use the grievance procedures in Board of Education Policies 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) to process applicable complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.

No student, parent/guardian, employee, or other member of the Cooperative community will be subjected to retaliation as prohibited under any law or Board policy, including those laws identified above. Retaliation is an adverse act imposed because a person has asserted a right or participated in a process involving the assertion of a right, including reporting a violation of law or Board policy or participating in the grievance processes used to process complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.

Any person who believes any student, employee, or third party or the Cooperative generally has engaged in conduct prohibited by the laws cited above or Board policy, including discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, or who has inquiries about the application of the laws cited above or Board policy should contact a Cooperative Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, or Complaint Manager using the contact information below:

Title IX Coordinator
Kari Gibbons
22w600 Butterfield Road,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
[email protected]
Non-Discrimination Coordinator
Natalie Heinrich
1104 N Main St.,
Lombard, IL 60148
[email protected]
Complaint Manager
Steven Smidl
22w600 Butterfield Road,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
[email protected]
Complaint Manager
Mary Furbush
22w600 Butterfield Road,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
[email protected]

The following agencies may also be able to answer inquiries about some of the other laws cited above:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Chicago OfficeJCK Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Facsimile: (312) 730-1576Email: [email protected]See
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Chicago District OfficeJCK Federal Building
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 872-9744
Facsimile: 312-588-1260[email protected]See
Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)
Springfield Office535 West Jefferson
1st Floor
Intake Unit
Springfield, IL 62702
Telephone: (217) 785-5100
Facsimile: (217) 785-5106Email: [email protected]See  

More information on the Board policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation can be found in Board policy, including, for example, Board policies 5:10 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment), 5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited); 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment) More information about how to report discrimination, harassment, or retaliation can be found in Board policies 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure). The Board’s policy handbook is available online here.

Training Materials to Train Title IX Team Members

The following materials have been used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process (the Cooperative’s Title IX Team members):

Training Materials Used to Train Title IX Team Members

Notice to Parents about Educational Technology Vendors

Notice of Parent Rights Regarding Student Covered Information

Inventory of Internet websites, online services, online applications, and mobile applications that are being used in C.A.S.E. for K-12 purposes

The above inventory includes:

  • The names of operators
  • Contract terms and expirations / renewal dates
  • K-12 purpose
  • A list of data elements of covered information that C.A.S.E. collects, maintains, or discloses to the operator
  • Copies of C.A.S.E.’s written contracts with operators
  • Business contact information for each operator
  • Lists of subcontractors to home covered information may be disclosed (or a link to a page on the operator’s website that lists this information)