Monday, April 25, 2011

How is this fair?!?

This is Lady.

A.k.a. Judy.

Without Judy, I would not have graduated high school.

Of course I DID do pretty much all of the work by myself with some help from a few kind souls though out my 4 to 5 years, but Judy was what put it over the top for me; she fought along side me and my mom for 5 incredibly long years, and did her best to see that I was taken care of.

{She was sent to me in 8th grade}

She was my homebound tutor.

{If you knew the struggle the 3 of us went through, you'd be doing a fist pump too}

Now let me tell you a story regarding my senior year::

I didn't think I was going to graduate with my class because at the beginning of 08,' I was down at least 15 to 20 credits, and we were scheduled to graduate in May.

By the grace of God, or the grace of the Universe, or whoever I can attribute the grace to, I worked my A$ off and was only 3 credits shy (Algebra 2) by the time graduation rolled around!

Even being that close, I unfortunately couldn't walk with my class unless I got permission, so we thought that permission was granted by the principle of the of my school. One day after school, my mom and I saw the principle walking into the school, so we decided it was as good a time as any, and wheeled up to him (I was in a wheelchair at the time).

Here is the extent of the conversation:

Mom: "Hi, Mr. H., my name is Joanne P. and this is my daughter Kayla. She's been in your high school's homebound program since Freshman year, and she's worked very hard to get to where she is due to being sick with Lyme Disease. She's only 3 credits shy of actually being able to graduate with her class, and we were wondering if you would allow her to walk with them despite those 3 credits. She has no problem staying into the summer to complete them either, so that will be no issue."

Mr. H: (looking confused for a minute) "I'm sorry ma'am, but we don't have a homebound program."



Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure you do since I've been it in since Freshman year! You all know me guys, and you know that I'm a very patient, understanding person that doesn't really like to say anything bad about anyone, but this guy is an idiot.

A big, bald-headed idiot.

Thankfully, everything turned out good, so you may be asking why I'm writing a post about this nearly 3 years after the fact? Well, my mother ran into Lady (Judy) at the grocery store Saturday, and Lady went ahead and told her that she got a letter in the mail from Mr. H., a.k.a the big bald headed idiot, informing her that she was no longer welcome in the high school.

Judy, the lady who gave that school everything she had and took care of her kids like they were her very own, was told not to bother coming back because she wasn't welcome.

Oh, and the topper:: The principle discontinued the homebound program.

So all those students, like me, who really NEED the help passing high school because they are sick, and those kids who can't do school for whatever reason are S.O.L. They HAVE to go to school, otherwise they fail. Period.

That's Not. Right. It makes me SO angry to think about these poor kids are all alone aside from the occasional good teacher that really cares. And don't even get me started on my Lady...

I want to do something, I just have no clue what to do :(


Linda B said...

That isn't fair. I would bring the matter up to the press.

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

I'd think myself silly coming up with ways to fix this. I agree with Linda. I'd start with the press, and when I was done there, I'd meet the elected school board officials for my district. Every one of them. I'd go the the state board of education. I'd write letters and deliver statements. I think I'd maybe have getting stupid bald guy relieved of his position of dubious authority as an ultimate priority. I hope you can find a way to make this right for the next kid who needs the help you needed. I think graduating from high school means looking for what you are going to do with your life. What effect will you have on your friends, family, community, state, country, planet. Here's a big JUICY opportunity for you. I hope you grab it by the tail and refuse to take no for an answer. GOOD LUCK!!! Great post. Good start.

Matty said...

I'm wondering how long he's been employed there, or if the homebound program goes by a different name.

At any rate, there's no explanation on why he doesn't want her there anymore. I would think the school board is the place to start. It could be that he got his orders from them or a higher authority. If you get no satisfaction, just keep moving up the chain of command, and ultimately the press. I hope you are successful

kailani said...

That just isn't right after everything she did for the students and community. I'm with Linda, contact the press. Nobody likes negative attention.

Cher said...

That sucks! Maybe contact the school board?

Unknown said...

OMG that sounds terrible! I'm thinking to slash the tires on the head-balded idiot for you! But as a mom with a kid with autism I completely understand your troubles. You know, it's sad 'cause we live in a country where likely education is a right and not a choice. Well, I think special education (whatever that will be) needs to be a right as well, not a privilege, or a choice or a gift. Do you think I made my son autistic? Do you think he choose to be that way? No. Sick people don't choose to be sick and have rights just as people that aren't sick. Grrrrr, reading this made my blood pressure raise :(

Hope lady will find a better job and the kids on the home bound program will found a school willing to help them out as they should.

I will involve the media too. Throw all the sh!t back on their faces. That should be fun to watch.

Terra Heck said...

Wow, I'm appalled! Sorry to hear about that. Did he mention exactly why there was going to be no more homebound schooling? It's sad to see that people who give so much and do so much get so little rewards.