Thursday, June 14, 2007

Public School

Our adventure with the public school system has begun. The summer before you enter kindergarten you find out whether or not you are in the full day program or the half day program. This is a big deal to those involved and the stakes are high. A consistent full day schedule or in inconsistent half day program that meets four times a week, starts at a different time everyday and ends at a different time. Difficult for everyone involved.

The school system determines who gets to go full time and half time by lottery, they draw names out of a hat. Merry's name came up short, she has been placed in the half day program and her mom and dad are not happy!

Merry has been attending pre-school for two years now and is ready for the full time schedule. There are options and we will explore them. I wish I could say I am looking forward to the adventure ahead, wrestling with bureaucracy is kind of like banging your head against the wall.

Knock, knock, knock! Ouch that hurts, did it help? Not sure.

I am not as worried about the dilemma as my wife but I resolve to work hard at getting Merry, my Princess, the education she deserves and needs. She will attend a full time program, now it is just a question of where.

Anybody want to pay tuition for private school? I would if I had the dough.

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Blogger Darren said...

I've never heard of aKindergarten "lottery" like that. Has anyone ever sued to go full time? It doesn't seem fair to play with kids' education like that.

12:44 PM EDT  
Blogger The Father of Five said...

We have 3 in private school, and 1 in (the same) private preschool. I am buying a car each year in tuition, but it is well worth whatever you have to do.

The longer you can keep your children out of the clutches of the public school system, the better off they are, and the better off you will be.

Sell a kidney if you have to...

Well, ok.. that may be a bit extreem - just go into the public school system knowing what it is, and what they will (and wont) do for your child. There are advocacy programs out there (at least here in MN) to help deal with the schools...

Good luck! (and remember, thoes kidney removal scars are not as bad as they used to be! Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine!)

9:06 AM EDT  

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