June 15, 2015
As a parent you expect for quality education, especially since now in Chicago you are pretty much forced to send your child to whatever school is in your district, otherwise you would have to do private, but not every family is financially able to have that option, I being one of them, prior to my children attending McAuliffe, my children attended a very good elementary school, but unfortunately I moved out of that schools district, to speed things up, I started to notice my youngest child wasn't at the level she should be at half way through the school year, I realize you can't compare children, but the lack of work they had her doing most certainly played a major role, upon leaving that grade my child had not reached the reading level she should have been at, compared to my older children when they were at her age, not only did this affect my youngest, my son also had no progress from the year before, to me that is not a coincidence, but bad teaching from this school, my oldest son whom suffers from extreme behavior and emotional issues, one including Bipolar disorder, clearly has difficulty in the classroom, I requested an IEP, but the school refused me one, not one to take no for an answer, I contacted my schools network, only to find out that if a parent request an IEP the school must honor it, it wasn't until the person over their school told them to move forward with it. It's now year 2 and my son has had two meetings to adjust his IEP because they continue to not meet his needs , they suspend him, have called the cops on him, because they failed to do their part. At the beginning of this school year my son's doctor wrote a recommendation that he be placed in a therapeutic school, (they said they would honor it if recommend) but the school refused to refer him there, however they continue to suspend him, I have found a therapeutic school that is willing to take on my child, has on site doctors, and therapists whom can best meet his needs, because McAuliffe do not have my child's best interest in heart, they prolong the steps needed to be taken, in order to get him where he needs to be. On top of that they are very rude, don't treat parents with respect, make us stand outside in the rain and cold, but don't dismiss children on time, I have had enough, if you can avoid sending your child to this school please do, it's beyond sad.
- submitted by a parent