Schools

Erica - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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What do I do when the school my child is suppose to attend is awful but the other schools nearby won't take her, I can't afford private school.

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Karen (Bird) - posted on 07/16/2009

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Have you checked into your area to see if there is a home school center. It is the best of both worlds. My children attend a home school center where they can be with other children who are home schooled the child is enrolled in public school but you choose the classes your child takes. The school district will reimburse you for all books and materials you use. You can also get reimbursed for sports your child takes or music Lessons, sewing lessons anything you pay someone to teach your child as long as it is not religious the school will reimburse for it. What ever reimbursement funds aren't used the Home school center then keeps to buy more materials for the center. Our home school center bought all new lab equipment for the science lab as well as all new computers for the computer room with unused money parents never filled out the forms to get. There are certified Teachers teaching the classes you choose to have your child take at the center. The classes are smaller usually between 10-16 kids per classroom parents are welcome in the classroom however not required. If there doing a project the teacher may ask a number of parents to attend that day to give more Teacher child help. Our home school center also has field trip days parents can sign their children up to attend and by the way their paid for too. A Parent needs to be at the school unless it's a high school student. The school has a large room for Parents and even a sibling play area. This family room has wireless internet so you can use your computer to get things done while you wait for your child. A student can take one class or many classes. Take classes at the Center one to five days a week you plan your child's schedule what classes they take and who their teacher's are for what classes.

Julie - posted on 07/15/2009

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definately talk to school superintentant i dont know where you are located but i feel bad for you in wisconsin we have open enrollment in most of our districts so this would never be a problem for me but the super or the administrator will definately help you especially when you tell them that you will homeschool just to get the neccesary education when the find that they are lacking they make changes because after all our children are our future!!

Monica - posted on 07/14/2009

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If you can't get anywhere with the school district, I'd check into the rules regarding daycare and how they bus to schools. I realize you don't need daycare for your child, but where I live your child goes to whatever school the daycare is zoned for. You could contact the school(s) you would like for your daughter to attend and find out what daycares bus there and then contact the daycare(s) and see how much part-time daycare would be. You might be able to just pay for after-school care 3 days a week for a minimal fee (our daycare is $45 a week for just before or after school care). That would be cheaper than a private school and get her into a school you like. You could pull her for the summers and re-admit her when school started again.

Christy - posted on 07/14/2009

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It's really hard to change schools once you've started one. Schools just don't like to let you go. Your best chance would be to go to the superintendents office and check out your options. I would say that's the first place to start.

Deanna - posted on 07/14/2009

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Erica,

I live in WV and have a similiar problem. We keep getting pushed away by the superindendent about a transfer to another school. We have contacted WV Legal Advocate. Try and see if you have something in your state you can contact. Our County has just changed a policy that you need to attend the school in your district. But can be waivered in certain circumstances. Does she have a disability of any? Our boy has ADHD, and the school doesn't know how to deal with these kind of children, they need to be trained. We have been battling with this school, we get so stressed out. Good Luck in your search.

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Chaya - posted on 08/19/2012

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You can change the situation, do something to improve the required school. I've actually sat in on class time when several children complained about a teacher. I've complained to the principals, I've donated goods, I've volunteered in the classroom, then recruit other parents to volunteer, pretty soon, the lousy teachers are reassigned or required to improve, or fired, kids are happy, parents are happy

Pat - posted on 01/15/2012

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I ran into the exact same problem. Our solution was virtual school. See if that is an option in your area. All classes were done online and the interaction with the teachers was 100% more than in the classroom! Best decision we ever made. ?.and its free.

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2009

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I would suggest looking into homeschooling. It doesn't have to be like the stereotypes -- locked away at home with no other kids to play with and no fun. Homeschool support groups abound and it can be a wonderful, enriching environment.

However, if you are set on public school, please remember that the school administration, the school board, the superintendent, and everyone there WORKS FOR YOU. They are paid with your tax money and their job is to assist you in educating your child. Do not let them tell you what is "allowed" or try to force you to accept a sub-standard environment for your child. Your son is legally entitled to a free and appropriate public education. (The words "free and appropriate public education" usually refer to the right of disabled children to be educated just like non-disabled children, the point being that all American children have such a right.) Fight for it!

Pamela - posted on 08/01/2009

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Look into charter schools. They are public schools, held to the same standards as public but have smaller class sizes. There is no tuition.

Debbie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Like one of the other moms said...homeschool her. I had this same problem & had to pull my son out last yr & homeschooled him. Im doing it again for high school this yr.. I know what you mean. The schools in the part of town where I am are so crappy, but I can not afford the gas to drive my dd across town twice a day. So I will be homeschooling one & my dd will be going to public school.

Debbie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Like one of the other moms said...homeschool her. I had this same problem & had to pull my son out last yr & homeschooled him. Im doing it again for high school this yr.. I know what you mean. The schools in the part of town where I am are so crappy, but I can not afford the gas to drive my dd across town twice a day. So I will be homeschooling one & my dd will be going to public school.

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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Ok I cheated the system. Find a friend or family member in that school district and use there address. Stuff might be sent there, but if you can trust them you will still receive the mail with no problem. I do it with my dad address because I didn't want my kids going to a C school. instead doing what I do. Now they get to go an A school and I love it.

Ilene - posted on 07/27/2009

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Erica, this is exactly why I went with open enrollment. Our home school is 98% minority and I'm just afraid that everyone will be speaking spanish and that the school will only want to deal with the minority students and leave my english only speaking son out of the school environment. People say it doesn't happen, but I've seen it on various playgrounds where my son has been left out of things because he didn't speak the language and didn't look the part.

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Charter school? You don't have to live nearby....at least not at the one my daughter's attend. I am very happy with their school.

Erica - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thank you all, I didn't even think going to the super was an option, I guess I thought only government people got to talk to them, oops! Thank you so much, at least now I know my next step! If I don't get any where with that, the daycare system is a good way around the politics, thank you it is something I would have never thought of!

Erica - posted on 07/14/2009

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The biggest problem was the control and the language. I actually pulled her out of Kindergarten there and home schooled her because it got so bad. They had no control of the students, they just ran around doing whatever they wanted, they wouldn't even listen when the principal stepped in. Also most of the children there are Spanish speaking kids and to work to overcome the barrier the teachers where leaving out or behind the kids that knew how to speak English. She wasn't learning anything but how to disrespect others! I feel it is important for her to be around other children and don't want to have to home school her. I don't know that I have what it takes to keep it up anyway.

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