I arrived home less than twenty four hours ago. I had a great tour. Ryan went to bed in tears wishing real life was like being on tour. I told him that grand adventures can only be part of life. Even still he slept till after noon and has been moping. It was good to see Aaron and spend time with him today. As Ryan slept I took Aaron to the library, to ship something we sold on Ebay, and to register him in public school. Yes I dealt with school before getting food in the house for the first time in two weeks.
Insert the needle scratching across the record sound. WHAT!!
Aaron can go to public school. He is very sad that Ed Plus, the school he left in June are no longer going to be the way it was but public school was not that horrible for him. The teachers loved him, he got straight A’s, and he is well behaved. He likes school and I know homeschooling for Aaron is never his first choice. When I walked into the school the people in the office were so kind. I told them what happened and we signed Aaron up. When I asked who the fourth grade teachers were they told me and I perked up. One of the fourth grade teachers was the only teacher who honored Ryan’s IEP and who was kind to him. She is a stellar teacher. The secretary who always liked me made sure he was put in her class. I walk out of the school knowing Aaron will be ok next year. I am saying what I never thought I would but I need to get Aaron PSSA scores so I can apply him to the magnet schools around town. He will be happy this year and I know he can thrive. The school is close so Aaron can walk himself which has his very excited.
Today I contacted an education lawyer about Ryan. The school failed him so miserably and his last public school teacher was abusive. I have a ton of proof that they did not honor his IEP and he was treated so badly. I am going to sue for alternative placement in a private school that can help him learn the way he learns. He has been scared he too will have to go back to public school but I am not going to make my kid with PTSD go back to where he was abused. Period. If Ed Plus cannot have Ryan in a classroom we will have to do cyber school this year. I will fight for what they did to my kid. I didn’t want to fight in the past because I know how hard the Philly schools struggle. I wanted the money of having to pay lawyers and private school to go to the kids who need it. If the government is going to take the one school model that worked for my kid away from him, I will have to fight because this kid will not be treated badly ever again.