Academic Panic Mode - Page 2
Stronger parent associations can complain about things like, oh, you know, the children watching television in school. Organized parents mean there are a few childcare/school cooperatives, and we belonged to a great one last year. It also means a growth in charter schools. For the next school year, I have already applied for four separate charter schools, one of which will have had one academic year under its belt by the time my little girl goes to Kindergarten and another one that will open it's doors for the first time in September of 2010.
These charters — even the untested ones — are so highly sought after they have to run lotteries, and I can tell you, parents that win slots at the best schools have been known to burst into tears and praise the lord.
Last night my friend and I joked about standing in the back of the lottery drawing with a flask of whiskey. We can't decide whether to drive there together or not, since it will be awful if one of us gets in and one doesn't. What an awkward ride home that would be! I can't believe how much time and energy and school tours this all takes. It's not like we don't already pay very high taxes to live here. It's just a crazy situation. Another friend of mine is debating whether to just pack it in and move; she got a book about schools in New York and burst into tears while reading it.
I'd tell you more about it, but right now I have to go find my flask and a bottle of Jameson's.
This is an original NJ Moms Blog post. Theta Pavis is a writer, editor and poet who graduated with honors from Jersey City public schools but cannot do math.