Starting the day with a PPT for Kid2, the brilliant analytical problem solver who can’t read all that well. Go figure, we’ve been saying this since second frickin’ grade.
I am so tired of this. Tired of playing nice and kissing appropriate ass in hopes that somebody will step up and do the right thing.
PPT stands for Planning and Placement Team: the puppeteers that decide, together with the student and parents (BS) when, where and how much special educational services a kid needs.
Too many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is where all the important people gather around the table and tell us (aka bully) how sweet and lovely our kid is, imply how dumb and misdirected the parents are, and fuck-you-very-much, we’re doing the best we can. Budget cuts, and all.
I’m not going to bash my school district (too much), although it kills me not to because goddamn it we’ve been saying this since 2nd grade. Ditto 5th, 7th, 8th grade. There’s a million of official reasons why she “slipped through the cracks” but here’s mine:
The schools over overworked and underfunded and cover-my-ass and not-our-fault has become the norm and once they get a qualified person to work with my kid, they can only meet once every other 57th cycle rotation B day sometimes in the laundry room except when it snows and standardized testing and somebody’s out sick and we couldn’t locate her and kiss my ass this kid is in 10th fucking grade now and I’m sick and tired of having this argument again and again, after of course, requesting it in writing and waiting to be scheduled a month later at the convenient time of 11:18 am, even though we um have jobs and this convenient time is getting me fired.
Oh, and there’s a zillion kids worse off than her, and then there’s the parents who don’t give a shit and we have to take care of them too.
I get it.
But I’m here about this kid here. Mine.
I do take comfort in that my kid is not alone in getting screwed. Don’t know/use/endorse the law firm (Frankel & Kershenbaum! Brilliant!) that put this out, but apparently they’ve got a kid in the system.