I know I've been gone again, things have been busy over on Glass City Jungle and here in the newly dubbed South Toledo drama central. Aubrey did her first official campaign activity for the Toledo City Council Candidate that she likes after the Labor Day Parade Downtown on Monday.
Some of the problems I'm following the whole proper chain of command process before I start complaining but this one issue isn't going to be solved, so I'm semi venting. The School Uniform policy is big huge asshat of a failure.
We qualify for their voucher system and I was told that the voucher would be issued when I showed up and provided them with the documentation they needed. That wasn't true, they mail the vouchers which takes weeks to process so school is of course already in session. That was sign number one as to how the process doesn't work. Sign number two that process doesn't work was what happened when I went out and tried to actually find something that met their uniform policy. Eventually we found one skirt after going to six different stores. I bought one skirt and two tops so Aubrey could have something to wear until either a) my unemployed ex got caught up on his child support or b) the voucher came.
The whole theory behind this forcing of the uniform policy is that it is supposed to more cost effective (Wrong!) It's supposed to be easier for parents (Wrong!) and it's supposed to end the whole concentration of who is wearing what so that they focus on their eduction and not the brand name label on someone. (Really Wrong!)
Why (Really Wrong!)? Aubrey came home today upset because one of the nasty scrawny little clique girls made it a point to harrass Aubrey about her only seeing her wear the one skirt to school. I guess on Day 5 and a half of the new school year that's an issue. Ironically the money I spent on the stupid black dress shoes that were supposedly "required" but they aren't enforcing since well over 100 of the students are wearing white shoes or white shoes with other colors or black shoes with other colors, could have been used to buy her another outfit. Well if I could have found anything that actually fit her that met their requirements.
I knew we were going to have to deal with the new school blues type situations, I knew Toledo Public Schools would probably have older text books than her last school, and I knew that this whole uniform thing would take a bit of getting used to. How some of these kids act you would think they were from one of the ritzy suburban schools when it comes to their behavior rather than from a working class South Toledo neighborhood. Some of this will pass, some of it might not. Some of this might require martial arts classes...