A distraught parent writes in to describe how a SPED teacher was recently let go over "pedagogical differences" with her principal. The details are below -- any ideas, recollections, or advice?
Here are some of the details provided: "A phenomenal autism teacher who is probationary was let go
by Principal Cathy Lawton at Barbara Vick Early Childhood Center. This
teacher has made such a diffference for our autistic children and we
have been ignored by CPS and the Mayor's Office. We wanted to discuss
the possibility of this exceptional teacher being rehired to work at
Barbara Vick and have gotten no cooperation or explanation as to why
this teacher was let go other than something about
"pedogogical differences" with the play-based mission of the school."
"These are kids with autism in an instructional setting and a play-based
curriculum is totally inappropriate for them and in complete conflict
with their I.E.P's. They need a highly structured educational
environment and for Principal Lawton to let go of this exceptional
teacher is absolutely absurd at best and heartless and cruel towards
the children in the instructional autism room at worst. I've
attached a pdf file of a letter, dated 5/31/07, sent to Arne Duncan
signed by 8 parents of children in the instructional autism room at
Barbara Vick and a letter, dated 6/4/07, sent to Mayor Daley."
one point, Ms. Lawton had offered to allow interested parents to be
part of the interview process for the replacement teacher, then failed
to contact the interested parents. CPS attorneys got involved and said
parents cannot be involved in interviewing prospective teachers. Right
now, rather than a highly-qualified autism teacher, a school
psychologist is teaching the ESY autism program at Barbara Vick."
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