we moved over the summer so the kids will be starting at new schools this year. for difficult child there is no option for a school. he has to go to the school with a Special Education department because he needs the help and can't function in class but they have decided that he isn't disabled enough to go the school he should be going to, where they have an autism program and sensory rooms and every possible tool he could need. so instead he will be put in a Special Education class with a bunch of loud kids which he can't handle. and on top of that they have decided that since there are only 8 kids in the class that difficult child will no longer need his one-to-one EA. sooo...i met my new social worker today who is supposed to help me fight the school to get him the things he needs and she tells me that they have tried to work with the school before and they refused to accomidate anything for the other kids, like sensory boxes or quiet areas they can go when overwhelmed. then she told me that the principle was 'difficult' so i asked who it was. turns out it's my old teacher who hated me and used to center me out and humiliate me in front of the class. last time i saw her i'd had it up to 'here' after being called lazy and a liar and i threw a ball at her and told her where to go for which i got expelled and had to repeat the grade because i refused to apoligize to her for being defiant as i had been treated so rudely by her...*sigh* i have been stressed all day about this and i am dreading going in there. i remember sitting for hours a week off to the side having to copy the dictionary for minor things like not having matching socks and not wanting to play volleyball with a broken hand. i forgot all about this lady until today. homeschool is looking better and better, that's all i have to say. so am i supposed to just go in there and pretend all this history never happened? should i say something? i hope she doesn't take it out on my kids. should i tell her that i remember and won't sit back and watch her put my kids through that? it seems like they are saying that if difficult child actually needs all of these 'exceptions' that he would qualify to go to the special school and that since he doesn't he's not all that disabled. if that is right they will eat their words within a couple weeks i'm sure. i have decided that if they still refuse to have a 1-on-1 ea for him i won't be available to pick him up for behaviour problem issues. i could send easy child to a different school if need be but i don't drive and it will be a huge hassle taking him there as the bus only runs on the hour and it's really, really cold here in the winter.