Fighting for my kids’ education

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I went to a meeting today at my daughters Charter School only to find out that they were unable to renew their contract with the school board and as of 3 days ago will not be open for this upcoming school year. It’s 2 weeks before school starts and we are all scrambling around because none of us want to put our kids at the district school that we are zoned for. That’s why we chose a charter school in the first place.

Apparently Governor Rick Scott doesn’t feel the same way. He is the one we are trying to get to change this around. Apparently a new “law” was passed that states any charter school that gets 2 F’s in FCAT will automatically be shut down. Unfortunately, our Charter School got 2 F’s. Doesn’t look very good for the school but I would rather my daughter keep going there as opposed to having to put her in the district school that we are zoned for. It’s a C school, it’s in a rough neighborhood, and demographically she’s pretty much in the 5 %. I can proudly say that I have taught my daughter to not “see color” in people and she doesn’t. It doesn’t matter to her if she is in a school that is predominantly a different race than her. However, as a parent I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be concerned with their child being among the 5% in a school. This is what I am about to be faced with. I wish that was the worst of it but it’s not.

This school that we are zoned for is in a rough neighborhood, and is a C rated school. They did terrible on the FCAT and I pretty much have no hope for my daughter’s education here. At least at the Charter school the classroom size was at about 18 instead of the common 28-30 that you tend to see in public schools. The principal today gave us the information to contact Governor Rick Scott’s office in Tallahassee and also gave us petition sheets so we can get as many signatures as possible. We need over 1000 signatures and there are only about 800 kids that go to the school, so we are all looking to our communities and churches. I am not usually a negative person and I don’t mean to be this time, but I just don’t think that it’s going to happen in the next 10 days. One of the parent’s did however contact the Palm Beach Post and they agreed to publish the petition in the paper. I am worried not only for my child’s education but for her social life as well. What kind of friends is she going to make, what is she going to be exposed to in this area, and how is she going to embrace it? Lots of things to do and fight for in the next 10 days, hope it goes well and we can save this school from closing.

The Hot Mess Mom

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