Not sure if looking for advice or just to let off steam.
My DS is in 2nd grade at public school. We have had 1 major problem, which was dealt with professionally and right away. In all respects the school is what we want. We are very happy with his teachers, his classmates, his friends. It is literally right down the street, which makes it perfect for casual play dates. He is thriving.
My DD just started at the same school. Huge budget cuts this year. This year the government cut all funding for special classes. They are calling it "inklusion" to put a nice spin on it. This is the whole city and beyond, not the local school. What it means is all handicapped children must attend the regular school, without any additional help or support, and with the regular teacher, who has NO training in helping these kids. It is not fair to these kids, who NEED extra help and support and can not handle the regular classroom. It is not fair to the teacher, who I know is trying her very best, but still has to spend 90% of her time on the three children in my daughters class, and has only 10% left for the other 22 children. Who have obviously not learned much or done much this year. And it is not fair for the 22 kids, who are being pulled back - severely. And it is not fair for my DD. Which HAS to be my main concern.
I can not move her to another public school, because the same policy is affecting them all.
I will ask to move her to the other class. But every other parent is doing the same, so not confident that will work.
I can let her be, and hope that the budget will return next year, so that at least 2 of these kids can get the services they need in a special class. The school they attend has a very good special class, except for this crazy rule this year that no new kids are allowed to attend it. However, I think this is too passive and naive and will not just wait and hope.
I can move her to private school. If there are even spots. Many of the other parents in the city are in the same boat I am in, so they are all jumping out to private schools. So chances are slim.
Then I have worry about disrupting my 7yo son if we transfer him as well. My kids are the best of friends and would love to go to school together. However my son has a great class where he is. Plus it takes him a while to warm up to people, and I am worried putting him in a new class will make him the outsider to all the other kids who have been together for 3 years already. Ugh - so conflicted.