Monday, August 9, 2010

Transfer THIS

Our daughter attended private elementary school grades one through three. With two mortgages to pay, we decided to put her in public school. It was then we realized that the home we had purchased three years back was not in the school district the real estate agent said it was. However, the actual district approved a transfer to the other. Transfers of this kind are granted only on a year-to-year basis.

For five consecutive years, the actual district approved our transfer requests. Our daughter is about to enter high school at the age of thirteen. This year’s request was denied.

This is a unique situation. Most transfers are requested as a result of the family moving mid-year from one district to another for employment reasons, and the parents would like the child to continue in the same district for the rest of the year. Not so with us. We have lived in the same house for 9 years. We are not asking for a change of any kind. We want nothing other than have our daughter not change horses mid-stream. The denial of the transfer amounts to a forced change, which we believe is not in our daughter’s best interests. All of her friends, her extra-curricular activities, and her education have been molded by the only public school district she has known. Yanking her away from all of this is just WRONG.

The reasons they have given for the denial: transfers are not guaranteed; they are a privilege, not a right – and the most recent: transfers from one level to another, e.g. middle school to high school – are a definite no-no. This is notwithstanding the fact that they approved the level-change transfer from elementary to middle school.

It is my opinion there is nothing to their side of the argument except greed. They want the money that one more student represents. Our daughter’s education or well-being is not, despite my many emails to them, anywhere on their radar.

So, we were forced to make a change. We now reside in a place that is in the preferred school district. No more yearly transfer requests, no more political mumbo-jumbo. Because education in Oregon is funded by state taxes, you would think that a parent would more of a say in how (or where) his or her money is used. The district we abandoned has conveniently forgotten who foots the bills in their neighborhood. They certainly don’t give a rat’s about what’s best for the children. It’s the old “it’s MY whistle and YOU can’t use it” attitude. And this coming from so-called “educators.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Obama is an idiot. He can't keep the help in check. And he's supposed to running the war. Ya know, if John McCain were to barge into the Capitol Building and simply take command, the military wouldn't have too much of a problem with it. The citizens of this country elected a pretty face, not a military leader. Obama must go. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors. He's going to get us into serious trouble. He's already proved his inadequacy in dealing with the recession. I shudder to think this soundbyte slacker has command of the most advanced fighting machine in the world. McChrystal's resignation? It is Obama that should resign. He's downright scary.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Throw it away

Looks like people just don't get it. There's a special election just around the bend for Oregonians, and measures 66 and 67 want to raise taxes on businesses and folks making over $250K per year (that's my layman's take on it anyway). Throwing money at the problems we face is NOT the answer. We've tried it, over and over again, on state and federal levels, and it has simply not worked. What we need to do is roll up our sleeves and work on these problems ourselves. Better people make better communities. We shouldn't expect others to do for us what we are too short-sighted or unwilling to do for ourselves.

Throw money away, if you like. No matter how much you give, they will ALWAYS want more. I say make them do their jobs like the rest of us, and make do with what they already get. Hey I gotta go. Taxman's at the door.