April 13, 2009 | Category: In My Life
I HATE how some people are using the "State of the Economy" to push their own agenda!!!
The paternalistic, 6-figure and car-allowanced, condescending School Board President of my friend's town is shutting down the academy for the gifted kids. Almost 60 kids are being sent into mainstream classes.
Two beloved teachers are losing their jobs, and being replaced by an administrator that will... well, not teach. But will be paid more than either of the teachers ever were.
Because of a budget shortfall? No.
Because of a better solution? No.
Will he accept corporate grants, parental assistance, or listen to the questions of the hurt and confused parents? No.
The program was put in by his predecessor and he's using the threat of the recession to shut it down.
I was one of those that thought having special programs for the top 3% was elitist. A luxury item.
Until I watched my little friend try to slow down his mind for "regular" first grade. And fail. And be called a problem by his teacher. And unable to socially integrate.
More info at Chicago Moms.