To catch everyone up. I was very excited about DD's 3rd grade year. At her school they had three third grade teachers, all of high quality. Two of them retired and the third moved to a different grade. The replacements ... one was a combination class of high functioning second graders and low end third graders taught by the teacher who headed up the local teacher's union and whose passion is teacher's rights, not really her students. My DD is not a low functioning child and since my DH is on the school board and the teacher could not separate DH from school board member from parent, it was determined she would not be in that class. The other two teachers, one I wouldn't allow teach my dog and the other, while I like her personally, she is a weak teacher. Both of these teachers are on probation and I don't expect them there next year. But my concern was this year, not next year.
Anyway, after a lot of complaints, they removed the teacher I liked personally and brought in a man. We met with him today and I think he and DD will do great things together. I feel really good about this coming year. We explained, we have a very gifted child but we also have, in some ways, a special needs child. This teacher, though he is new to third grade, is a long time teacher and he also is a special education teacher. Plus, he comes from the "hippy school" thst we considered putting DD at.
And now, maybe we can put to rest some of the rumors I keep hearing about my daughter and her education because her dad is on the school board. Rumors are just insane and I wonder who comes up with them.