Really? Apparently, the teacher has noticed how far behind her reading skills are, and she is getting a 0 on the last assignment because she pulled the info straight from the book and didn't put it into her own words. Teacher hinted that she called me because she's heard I'll try to help. They are reading a book in her English class. Cgfg had worked on things for this book a couple of times, and I had asked her what she was writing the paper on while she pounded away at the computer...she said "microscopic word". I said no, I mean, what's it covering, and she had no clue what I was asking. Finally, I said "what is the assignment" and she read me the directions straight off the paper. I know she was struggling with the assignment because she kept asking me questions. One of the things she was to write about was a character's appearance. She kept putting things down like the character could read at an early age. Anyway, today's teacher asked me if it would be ok to put her into the 40 minute remediation that's built into their day now. I said I need to verify with dad, but I think it will be ok. She also asked if I would pass this info to dad, so she doesn't have to call mom, she doesn't think that would be beneficial (hmmm - why doesn't she want to call mom?). I said yes, I would be glad to. She also said she is going to exempt her from the next assignment (supposed to be a many-page essay on this book) instead of setting her up to fail and her getting farther behind, the teacher will work with her and hopefully help her catch up. And now that she knows she has some reading issues, she'll keep an eye out and call before she gets this far behind. She asked about some history, and I explained to her that I have had to take a bit of a backseat because I'm step mom, and she understood. I also told her that cgfg has expressed an interest in living with us, so I appreciated that she was just going to let this go for right now, because the homework situation may well be changing in the near future. Told her about the evaluations and tutoring attempts, and where she tested when that was done. I also suggested instead of exempting her from the assignment, could she maybe just give her a modified assignment that is more something she can handle - as she was pretty good at finding ways around work. Teacher was all over it, and said she'd modify it to seek the same information, but not in an essay form - she would still have work and the same material to cover. Perfect. She thanked me profusely for trying to help (again....hmmmm) and understood my position (again...hmmm). Now I'm calling dad to make sure what I gave the ok for was what he'd done. (he can't take outside calls at work, so he couldn't have taken this call...) What am I doing???