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#1 jnelsoninjax

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 00:54

CHICAGO (CBS) — St. Scholastica Academy in the Rogers Park neighborhood is being sued by the parents of an expelled student with hearing difficulties.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, the lawsuit by Aamed Pryor and Niya Jackson says their daughter enrolled in 2008 at the all-girls Roman Catholic high school, at 7416 N. Ridge Blvd., with hearing difficulties that require hearing aids in both ears.

The suit claims that requests were made for accommodations for their daughter, including preferential seating in her classes, and extra care and patience taken when explaining her lessons.

But the girl was expelled last December for what were termed disciplinary problems, all of which the lawsuit claims actually revolve around the limitations caused by her hearing impairment.

The girl received detention several times for “failure to listen,” “failure to respond to teacher request,” and “failure to clear response with teacher,” the suit said. All of these disciplinary infractions are directly related to the child’s impairment and her inability to hear and perceive things the way normal “unimpaired children” at school do, the suit alleged.

The suit claims the girl repeatedly tried to ask questions when she didn’t understand something in class , but instead of answering her questions, teachers gave her detention for being disrespectful and failing to listen and respond.

When the child tried to speak with the school principal about the issue, she was given more detentions for disturbing the principal, the suit said. She was told she was wrong to come to the principal, and ordered not to ask questions, according to the suit.

During a parent-teacher conference about the situation, the child’s parents were told that she could not ask questions, the suit said. Principal Colleen J. Brewer issued a letter to Jackson, Dec. 6, 2011, stating that her daughter was expelled from the school without any right of appeal, the suit said.

The suit said the child has undergone therapy to cope with depression because she does not understand why she was punished for being disabled.

The suit seeks the child’s immediate return to school in full standing, to expunge her disciplinary record, and all needed accommodations made to ensure her proper participation in her classes. Tutors should also be provided to help her catch up on missed work.

Susan Burritt, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment. Loretta Namovic, president of Saint Scholastic Academy, was unavailable for comment Tuesday evening.

Principal Brewer and the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago were also named in the suit.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:17

>_> religious fruits...

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:34

The worst part of this is not that she got expelled but got detention for asking questions. Why is there even a teacher in the classroom if you are not allowed to ask questions? Just replace them all with a video and save some money...
Asking questions and discussing problems in THE most important thing in education.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:45

>_> religious fruits...


Not the cause as this crap happens in secular schools too.

More and more we see principals and administrators who are not teachers but MSA's (Master of School Administration, or equivalent), and are intoned with the "No Tolerance" policies that cause this kind of crap.

My wife's a 35+ year teacher who's about ready to strangle the next one that even hints at pulling this kind of stunt.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:53

I'm hearing impaired myself and I was in this kind of situation in year 6 (in 1994). This **** of a teacher failed to accomodate for me, despite advice from my parents and the special needs unit. Thanks to her, I had to repeat year 6 again but with a different teacher and I was able to advance. I've seen her 2 years ago at shopping and she is still her old self. dis-respectiful to disabled people. Irony is her husband is a minister for emergency housing.

So I can understand this girl situation but why didn't she request an signing interpreter? I had at least 2 each year. They interpret in sign language what the teacher or the class is saying and ensures the disabiled girl/boy is not missing out or confused.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:14

What kills me is that teachers, admins and principals somehow think they're exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act - which of course they aren't. Crazy stupid.



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