Friday, 11 June 2010
So I'm just like any mother, I think I have the World's Greatest Daughter ever. I mean she's smart, funny, well mannered, and is such a people person.
This 2009-10 school year I had the misfortune of personally selecting a teacher for my child who doesn't like me and likes my child even less. Though for what reason I don't know and to be frank I don't really give a damn about it either.
I've made numerous attempts to try to work with her, and to be if nothing else more than adequately professional. In addition to this, I informed her teacher that my child is epileptic and that it could affect her ability to learn. Not that any of this has worked. The admin staff hasn't been much help either. The teacher fills in days, when my daughter was present, as an unexcused absence when she was in class and even wrote down her homework assignments for that night herself.
In addition to this, this Amazon woman as I love to call her, even insists that my baby be retained in the 4th grade even though she has what's called a 504 plan in place. The 504 plan stipulates that she gets extra testing time, a separate location for testing as well as a trifold to help her focus. I mean if you've been in a classroom lately, you know that there is a whole lot of crap all over the place. I'm grown and I can't concentrate when I walk into some of the classrooms especially if there are lots of bright colors!! So I don't expect the kids to be able to do it.
Since the implementation of this 504 plan, it has yet to be followed. She isn't permitted to use her trifold, she doesn't get a separate testing site, and that I'm aware of she doesn't get any extra time either. I don't feel that she is a candidate for retention, not that anyone has listened to me about it. I was even told by the administrator that it might be time for my daughter to find another school to go to because "she needs to spread her wings without her mother crowding her". Although I've never mentioned it to even my teammates that she won't be back next year. I've already found another school for her.
At any rate, I wrote this lengthy letter to the principal requesting a conditional passing that if my child could do the work in the 5th grade til January she could continue and finish the 5th grade with success. However if indeed she was still struggling, she would be sent back to the 4th grade to finish out the remainder of the school year and be a more successful 5th grader the following year. My request was denied.
What floors me is that I find out that the special education teachers don't have any paperwork on my daughter, and that the central processing office doesn't take care of the 504's for the charter schools. The only good thing that came of this is that I got the number for the educational legal aid office, and that in the end I will be having her tested for special education.
Have you ever experienced difficulty with your child's school or teachers? How did you handle it?