Everyone has heard that saying right? So and so is from the wrong side of the tracks. Well our town has that when it comes to our schooling and the price of living. Our town has roughly 15,000 people in it now. I’d say in the last 10 years or so that’s up by 5,000. We had a huge boom in new construction about 6 years ago. Three years ago they built the 3rd elementary school. We have one on our side of the tracks and 2 on the other now. Since Bailey has started school we have lived on the same side of town and he’s always gone to the same school.
Recently we decided to move, we are on a busy street and there are no kids for Bailey to play with. And we wanted something a little cheaper. That last thing was our 1st mistake. Every single house I found that was around or under the budget we had in place was on the other side of the tracks. No big deal right? I would just drive him to school. Here, you go to the school you live the closest to. I figured just like everyone else figured that Bailey’s school was open enrollment. I was sadly mistaken!
The school funding for our district isn’t fair or even at all. It isn’t given to the district to be divided evenly, it is separately funded. Bailey’s school gets the most. I’m not sure why that is. Is it because the price of living is more expensive on that side of town? I need to get more involved and figure this out. Because Bailey’s school gets the most, they have the most teachers, all the extra programs and it’s NOT open enrollment…for all of those reasons. It would make sense for any parent to want their child to go to the best school. The other two schools don’t offer these programs because they can’t afford them so if your child needs them, what do you do? There are about 1,000 students between the two other schools and about 500 in Bailey’s. Out of that 1,000 kids, how many do you think need that extra help and aren’t getting it? To tell you the truth it pisses me off!
I have a girlfriend who is going through this. They moved to the other side of town and now her son who has learning disabilities isn’t getting the proper education he needs. She’s gone rounds with the principle and the superintendent. So now we are literally stuck on this side of town. We could move on the other side but then we would have to change schools and that isn’t even an option. We’ll pay whatever we have to to ensure a good education for Bailey. I do not think it’s fair though! If I had it my way the funding would be separated evenly within reason, or the kids that needed the extra programs would be bused to the school that offered them. I don’t understand how this is giving our children a fair education. My son is getting it but that’s because we live over here. What about all the kids that live on the other side of the tracks??? Why do they get the short end of the stick? We only need to worry about it for the next two years then they all go to the same middle school. But that’s not the principle here. I think it’s unfair and I don’t understand their thinking behind it.