Our mobility at school is steadily climbing. This is not a good thing. A sample of recent enrollees
1. Child who was enrolled in another school in our district for the first 3 months of the school year. Child then moved to Mexico and has now returned. Whether or not he attended school in Mexico is questionable. We are also not asking what his mode of travel and route was when he returned to the US. Since he was in our district on "snapshot" day he has to take the state mandated TAKS test. In math, which is a subject heavily dependent on prior knowledge. Of which he has none.
2. Very large, very tall 5th grade - a double retainnee at least. The birth certificate appears to be missing. Has missed between 1- 2 months of school. His mother withdrew him from a district in a northern suburb in February. She can't give a straight answer as to why he's not been in school. Once a student withdraws there is nothing the school can do to ensure the student enrolls at a new school in a timely manner. Especially if the parent withdraws with no notice and doesn't tell anyone where they are going (AKA running from child protective services). He's got to take TAKS too. At least his scores will revert back to his old school, which isn't fair to them but gets us off the hook.
3. New family of 4. One of the boys amuses himself by rolling around the hall and crawling under the furniture while his mother fills out the paperwork. This might be tolerable if he was four. He's not, he's twelve - and in the 5th grade. Can you imagine what an asset he'll be to the classroom?
4. New first grader. Can't tell you the name of the last school he attended. We are his fifth school so far. Says he'll be moving "soon" so the final school count by year end will be at least six. If not seven. Needless to say he doesn't know his address or phone number either!
WWGD? What would George do? His wife Laura, was once a teacher. Do you think she can can make sure kids like this aren't left behind?