Teacher, Chicago, IL - January 14, 2017
This school needs a lot of support that unfortunately it is not getting due to lack of funding. Students are accepted only to maintain attendance without taking into consideration the amount of support each student needs. For example, I had classes that were over 30% IEP and did not have an aid. Students were placed into my classes constantly due to many factors such as transfers, getting expelled from previous school, and some coming straight in from detention centers without providing support in the classroom for the student to acclimate to the new environment under such drastic circumstances. The school is not a general education school and must accommodate for the reality of the students they serve. They need to provide support for foundation skills while focusing on a social justice and curriculum that is more directed towards alternative education and that provides practical life skills as well as developing a trade.