On Monday I emailed several people in the Seattle Public School district about the Pay to K program. If you haven't been following this, feel free to catch up here.
Today I received another email from the Educational Director associated with my son's school. I had been hopeful because she took time to reply and cc other involved parties within hours of my inquiry. I should have known better. Today I received a follow up. Today she says that she has not found any new information on the program, the costs are set site by site and that I should let parents know they can speak with the principal if they need financial assistance. Really? I guess she completely missed the point of my initial email. The principal shouldn't be saddled with the responsibility of deciding who has to pay and who doesn't and the price flat out should not vary from site to site. What is so hard to understand about that? Parents should pay the same for full day kindergarten at any school. It should be set by the School District to cover the averaged costs for full day kindergarten.
I'm guessing the problem isn't that she doesn't understand, but rather that she doesn't care. Why solve an inequity in the system if it requires extra work? Maybe she thinks that as long as people aren't rioting in the streets, it's easier to let it ride. Fairness be damned.
That's just great. I'd be ashamed of myself.
Luckily I'm not one of those who will just give up. Next stop the State Superintendent of Public Instruction...I'll keep you posted.
Pasta ala Fridge
5 years ago