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In response to JenJo, it is insulting to say you spend more time with my child. Shame on you, you have taken your experiences and lumped them all in to one grand statement, just as so many accuse us parents of doing.
April 20, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
I have fought for expanding academic programs at little or no cost to the district. I’ve fought for a standardized curriculum across all the grades. I’ve fought for fairness and accountability. I’ve fought for textbooks and expanded electives. I’ve learned my lesson, I quit fighting and now I work the system without compunction. I cannot wait for my child to graduate and be finished with the inequalities that PERMEATE this school system.As for the levy- we have an athletic director, but not a curriculum director. We have rampant nepotism, we have abuses of power, and we have a flagrant lack of accountability. I have followed all of the prescribed steps, and I continue to bang my head against the wall. I will finally make my voice heard with my vote.
April 20, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.
I’d like to say, that I moved here 14 years ago and CHOSE the Poland School System. That does not mean that it’s a perfect system and things can’t be improved. I’m a stay at home mom and I’ve gone completely through the system with one child, and the second is at the high school now. We’ve been at two different elementary schools. There are three groups of families in our schools. Those who get whatever they want because their families are second and third generation, those who get what they want because they fight like crazy- right or wrong, and those who fall through the cracks and sail blissfully unaware through their years.There are outstanding teachers who put their hearts and souls into everything they do for and with the kids. They come in early, stay late and vest themselves in the lives of their students. I’m truly grateful to have had these teachers in my children’s lives. But, for every one of those teachers there are two or three who do as little as possible. As a volunteer I’ve seen teachers who consistently have that exhausted, nasty look that I had at the end of the day- except they had at it 8:30 in the morning and it was there every day. My child instructed one his teachers how to operate the five computers that sat in her room collecting dust, because she just didn’t know how to work them. I spent hours volunteering in the library every week one year, while the “librarian” would use the computer lab across the hall, and the laminating machine in the basement to put together a family history book that she was presenting to everyone in her family that summer. These kinds of abuses continued at McKinley, the middle school and the high school. The list is too long to detail here.Every family with a child in the Poland schools has a personal issue. Education is personal. The protocol for addressing your personal issues is to begin with the teacher. So you call and maybe they call you, maybe they don’t. Go to the principal who looks you straight in the face and says, “That’s the first time I’ve heard this,” though you know three other people who’ve addressed the same issue. Then the superintendent tells you, nothing can be done because the teacher is tenured, and the district is too poor to fight the union, and he is, “Genuinely sorry about the distress caused to the child, and offers the district’s deepest sympathies.” The issue, by the way, is a teacher who told a 7 year old they were “stupid” for not being able to tell the difference between left and right. The cherry on that ice cream sundae of a story- the child is dyslexic. Is this teacher indicative of all the teachers- absolutely not. However, in my experience there have been so many more of these types of teachers than the good ones.
April 20, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.