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changing classes when school says no

updated sat 6 apr 02


Michele Williams on fri 5 apr 02

Here's the strategy to get a child's teacher changed even though the school
policy is not to change classes. It is based on the fact that schools
always place new students in the smallest classroom so other teachers are
not more overburdened than they already are.

1. Check to be sure your child's class isn't already the one with the
smallest number of students.

2. If your child is not in the smallest class of students, simply withdraw
him (officially, of course, complete with visit to principal's office, if
necessary). Now he is no longer a student at that school.

3. The next day, re-register him at the school and guess what? He's in
another classroom with a different who isn't as overloaded as
the other one was.

The end! (Happy ending, huh!)

Michele Williams
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lois Ruben Aronow"
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: Staring out the window Earl

It all depends on where you live, and even then, what grades your kids
are in.

My 5 year old starts kindergarten in the fall. NYC has some great
elementary schools and some of the best public high schools in the
country. But the middle schools - YUCK!! The ones in my brooklyn
neighborhood have less than 20% - you read it right - reading at grade
level. We live in a very desirable area, so you'd assume the schools
would be OK. But nooooooooooooooooo. I wanted my son to go to the
public school, but it's changing principals for the 3rd time in 5
years, and all the parents do is yell about why their kid isn't in the
gifted program. When I took the school tour, one of the kindergarten
classrooms looked like a tornado had hit it. It was a mess. The
other 3 classes seemed great, with great, enthusiastic teachers.
Unfortunately, you don't get a choice regarding which teacher your
child gets. If it's not working out, you have to grin and bear it.
They won't change your child's class under any circumstances.

We had considered moving to Philly. Don't even THINK of sending your
kids to public school there. If I'm not mistaken, the schools are so
bad they have been taken over by the state.

Lois Ruben Aronow

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