Her "status" as a easy child has always been a little fragile... *** She currently has an F in science and band, and the last 4 of 6 grades in math are D or lower. Her low Science grade is due to not making up work when she's been gone from school. *** Yesterday, she convinced Two Brooms she was too sick to stay at school because the nasal H1N1 vaccine made her gag and left a bad taste in her mouth. She misses a lot of school due to that sort of "illness". She goes to the nurse all the time; gets sent home sick about 1/4 of the times she goes to the nurse. She has now discovered the "puke" card...if you say you puked, you don't have to have a fever to get out of school. She's "puked" three times in the last 10 days. *** I had made arangements with her science teacher to take her in early today to work on the missing work. Last night, she swore up and down she had done it and its in her binder, and she's turned the binder in repeatedly, but the science teacher just didn't grade it. I asked her why the teacher didn't grade it. She didn't know. I asked her if she asked the teacher why? No, she hadn't. I guess she was just gonna live with the F. Her dad talked to her, too, about it. (this is also the teacher she claimed, earlier this fall, wouldn't answer her questions about what homework assignments to do when she asked - turns out she never asked.) *** Today, her dad dropped her off at school at 7:30. Her instructions were to go to the science room and either work on the missing work, or turn in the missing work and ask the teacher to grade it THIS MORNING and let me know she had it IN HAND. *** Science teacher just emailed me asking what happened this morning since easy child 2 didn't show up before class. *** Every year its the same dang thing (tho she's a month later this year). I know the kid has learning problems that aren't being addressed, but my hands are tied. As step mom, I am doing all I can, and slightly more. I can't fight all the other adults in her life and she's doing nothing to help herself. She doesn't have a grasp that some day, she'll have to earn her own way - doesn't even have a dream to grow up and be anything...if she never had to go to school again, that would be just fine with her. *** I'm ready to just let this kid flunk.