When Private School Parents Go Public

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What happens when children whose parents have sent them to private schools during elementary school apply -- and get into -- elite public high schools in CPS? 

You can imagine.  Find out the dynamics from both sides of the issue by reading this interesting piece in Crain's (High-school competition irks parents of 'lifers').

And, if you've had your own experiences with this -- as a teacher, parent, or nearby observer -- feel free to let us know what you think.

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  • The poster 3:29 makes the following statement "It was a clash between the rights of the working students and they were the majority, and the disruptive students, and the disruptive students' rights proved to be more important. I'm not talking about children with learning disorders, they worked hard and progressed. These were children with behavior disorders and their parents were well informed about their rights."

    The poster then indicates that parents should do whatever is necessary to get their, presumably non-emotionally disturbed children an education: Including moving to other schools, the suburbs, home schooling, or private schools to get a more orderly environment to be educated in.

    I would say that if these emotionally disturbed students were as disruptive and apparently learning very little that their parents were in fact completely uninformed about their rights. Because the most fundamental right for a student with a disability is to a Free Appropriate Public Education, FAPE. If these students were not learning as your post indicates due to your inability to contain the situation you were faced with then it very unlikely based on legal precedent they were receiving FAPE.

    As a teacher of these students even a regular education teacher you could have requested an IEP meeting to address the situation you found yourself in relation to specific students. Clearly a number of things could have been attempted including additional supports for the student or a change of placement to a more appropriate setting if necessary. If the school refused to have an IEP meeting in relation to this issue, instead of issuing more disciplinary referrals that were apparently not adding up to much you could have talked to the parent and told them their child was not learning because they were not being given enough support to survive in your classroom and that they needed to fight for their own child's rights via the due process system. By doing this you are without question putting yourself at risk of being fired for insubordination because you are inviting legal action against your own employer.

    I am the parent of an emotionally disturbed student who has now graduated from CPS and is currently struggling her way through junior college. During the course of her 14 years in the system more than once as a parent I had to deal with disciplinary referrals for my own child. Most often I would try to be supportive of the teacher and the school by attempting to follow through with consequences at home when my child got in trouble. There were two times where I believed the teacher simply was not going to be able to control my child due to lack of training or support and I asked the teacher to help me in attempting to get more support for my child up to the point of going to due process and being used as a witness in order to obtain these supports. In both of these situations the teachers appeared to be completely terrified of being called as witnesses and wanted nothing to do with litigation.

    So in short students with emotional disturbance have a right to an education, there is no legal right for students with emotional disturbance to disrupt classrooms to the point of stoping the educaitonal progress of other students. But if a child is that disruptive they more than likely they are not recieving appropriate services.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living

  • Local levy (property tax) is the same regardless of number of pupils. State money is based on enrollment.

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