from the county asking what I thought about the alternate school kiddo went to to serve her suspension, since the county has to follow-up to prove it's worth funding. They get credit for a day attended at school (instead of an absence that a regular suspension would entail), they do their schoolwork so they don't fall behind, they have to do an essay on why they ended up there and how they could handle it different, and sometimes they do some community service. It's a small classroom (I think there were 6-8 desks) so it's not crowded, and the guy that runs it is an ex-cop I've heard good things about. AND I didn't have to take a day off work because of her suspension. They do have to bring their own lunch, since the "classroom" used to be an office area, but he does have a fridge for cold things. She wants to know if I had any concerns, complaints, or suggestions. Being as my kid is fine so long as she does her own work instead working on a group project, she loved this place. Her only complaint was that two items on a list of proper behaviors were a little above her age level, and she pointed those out nicely to him (they were geared towards teens and involved harassment of the opposite gender, she might have been the youngest kid he's ever had there and she was the only girl that day, it was worded fine to me so I let it slide, those guys likely needed that). My only suggestion was that there might be other kids like her who land there due to emotional/mood/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) issues that might not have been recognized, and maybe some training in identifying those kids for IEP screening would be helpful. So yeah, I think the county/state/whatever should keep funding it. Add on: Saw something on the news recently that Indiana has the 3rd highest amount of students in special education programs, and some of the lowest funding for it in the nation. Hopefully more awareness will help.