Well Tiffany, You want to make it just us? Or shall we move further south? Your call. I drive to Arroyo all the time anyhow (and consider a 6 a.m. wake-up sleeping in!)
Glad to see you SoHappy! I was thinking about inviting you over here, but hadn't gotten to it!
lovinmyboy - here's my abreiviated gripe with the SLCU School District. My stepson, Ryan, came into my life when he was 11. His mother had done her best to get him diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. (I have some experience with teaching and ADD and could see none of the indicators.) So Ryan was in special ed from Kindergarten or first grade. The program retests the kids every three years and holds Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings with parents every year. All sounds good, but Ryan continues to drastically underachieve and was failing (literally) for a couple of years. (Until we got him full time, but that's another thread.) I have been at the IEPs, met with teachers and principals more than I ever expected and yet, in 11th grade, he is still barely literate in some regards. He reads voraciously (thankfully) but his writing is terrible (this is where his disability is). I have been seriously disappointed in the schools williness to move him forward, despite his failure to learn things. He actually failed about 80 percent of junior high but was passed nonetheless. He has a number of friends in the same boat. I do work with him a great deal, but with two small children and two businesses to run, my time is limited. I seriously considered home schooling for him, because that is the level of committment necessary to complete the back-work he needs. Unfortunately, I simply don't have the time. My goal now is to keep him interested enough to go on to college and then help him get the education he never recieved.
I know one of the board members, I am confident that there are good schools in the district and excellent teachers, but this district has made some seriously poor decisions. There was a large budget surplus for years due to Diablo taxes which recently dried up leaving the district with a huge budget shortfall. They closed three elementary schools and continue to layoff teachers that the kids love without any change to administration I can see. There's a lot of politics in that one, but you can see some poor administrative choices, to say the least.
Sorry, I guess that wasn't too abbreviated. There's more too, if you want to hear it!