Saturday, February 03, 2007
Some people have no heart. I was given a notice late on Friday that the kids would need to bring in the $83 fee for the AP exam next week. Only money orders would be accepted. Feeling that this was not enough notice, I went down to the person in charge and asked for an extra week.
PO: Ms. N, I got his notice after the class had left for the day. Some will need more time to get the money ready.
Ms. N: Tough. These kids have known about this since they signed up for the course. If they can't afford it, they should have gotten a fee waiver.
PO: Many of my kids are not entitled to a fee waiver. That doesn't mean that they have an extra $83 laying around the house. I know kids that live from paycheck to paycheck. I know kids that have to work in McDonald's to help their families make ends meet.
Ms. N.: These kids always have excuses. Too bad. There is nothing I am going to do about it.
PO: Remember last year when I gave you the $250 check. That money was specifically donated to help kids who can't afford the exam. That money was supposed to be put in a special fund, just for those kids.
Ms. N: We are busy. No time to look for that money. Now, I am busy. Leave.
Post script: Last year, one of my students got a fee waiver, usually fraudulent tax returns. The kid is extremely wealthy, always bragging about his Rolex watch, trips to Ritz Carlton, etc. Although I held my tongue in front of him, he knew exactly what I thought of his actions. By the end of the year he had a touch of conscience and gave me the check. He wanted me to hold it because he trusted I would use it the way it was intended to be used. Not wanting to be accused of taking money from a student, I found a way for him to anonymously donate it to the school. We now stand with an administration who claims to not be able to find it. True, the person I gave it to is no longer in the building, but the money should be there. I know she did steal it.