Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One Trick Pony or is it One-track Mind

What I asked of the State of California's Department of Education late in the day Monday via a "Contact Us" form on its website:

I have several children in the XXX School District. The school district is investigating closing schools for the 2011-2012 school year. I am wondering what happens if the school my child attends is closed and a new "home" school for my child is designated. If that new "home" school my child is supposed to attend is in Program Improvement, but the school district reconfigures the districting of that school, is it still considered to be in Program Improvement? I would love to discuss this with someone at the state level at your earliest convenience. My home phone number is X. My cell phone number is X. I appreciate any and all assistance and guidance you can provide me.

What I received via email just under two days later:

Thank you for contacting the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding your concerns about the XXX School District.

Your inquiry has been forwarded to the District and School Improvement Division for review and consideration. Staff will contact you directly regarding your concerns.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the School Support and Title I Basic Office by phone at 916-319-0854 or by e-mail at

Again, thank you for contacting the CDE.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction


What I sent back via email in response:

I'm under no illusions that this is, in fact, Superintendent O'Connell actually replying to me. I don't know who "rc" is, but I would like to thank you for sending my inquiry to the appropriate department, and I want to thank you in particular for doing that so promptly.

By the way, there's a PTA meeting later this morning at the middle school. Am I just so excited to be there, waiting to see if the dipshit commenter comes? F#$kin' yeah.


Patois42 said...

Seriously, Spambot Anonymous, what moron is going to click your link?

Kate, aka Guavalicious said...

I'd love to post something here but every time I start to type I just get more and more furious. There was a GREAT show about NCLB and charter schools on Diane Reames today. You should podcast it.

Kate, aka Guavalicious said...

The show was all about school closings and how home schools are disappearing, so you should definitely give it a listen. The woman who was the guest was actually a big proponent of NCLB when it was first introduced but thinks it isn't working.

To be honest, I never went to public schools so what do I know? :)

Jomama said...

I love the idea of public schools, and was fortunate enough to attend a good one, and have a good one nearby. But I totally get how frustrating it must be when your local free/public option is lacking.

Keep fighting the good fight--good luck to you both.

Jocelyn said...

Just reading about this, from my great physical and emotional distance, makes me crazy for I can only imagine the acid swirling in your stomach.

Feh to the whole thing.

Jocelyn said...

Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I'm REALLY bummed you deleted the Spambot comment. I very much wanted to click on that link. But no. NO. You just HAD to delete it. Deep sigh.


Stymied in Duluth

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

My humble opinion? The nanosecond the federal government got involved with education? The whole thing went fucked.



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