So yesterday I go to the freakin public school to pay Sage's fees. The place is locked down like Fort Knox, I am the ONLY parent, out of about 20 in the room who speaks English, and there are people screaming and yelling and kids translating ect. I go to pay the fee. Then I ask about the bus. We are a MILE from the school. There is a major street with NO cross walks to cross, there are NO sidewalks, there is construction going on and gang symbols on the underpass the children who walk have to pass. I am told that Sage is not "within state guidlines for bussing." They claim we are, get this, NINE TENTHS OF A MILE from school. I ask if a five year old child is supposed to walk a MILE to school on her own and I am told to "find a car pool or pay the $300.00 fee for bussing, you'll get her on the bus if there is rooom." So I call the District office when I get home. A womyn answers the phone and IMMEDIATELY, without my introducing myself calls out my name, address, phone number and names of my children, in an attempt to intimidate me. SO they have caller ID hooked up to a computer. I am not impressed and I simply say, "Yes. That's me." There is a pause, as the lovely womyn who answered the phone evidently expected a differente response. ANd then she says "YOu are going to complain about the bus, I already know that. I'm the one who talked to the teacher at X school. YOU WERE TOLD you'd be called later this week. WHY are you calling now?" I explain that I am CONCERNED about my child and this *&^$&&% says "I talked to you about this issuse when your other children were in this district YOU ALREADY GOT AN ANSWER WHY ARE YOU CALLING AGAIN?" Fuckin excuse me for caring about my kid. Besides the rules were changed for Kindergardeners. AND this @**#$^ who I am talking to made a mistake and told the teacher at the school that Sage had to be a mile and a HALF away to get bus service and she was wrong. I point this out to her. She then says "WHEN we get around to it, we'll drive your route and see how far it is." I ask what type of instrument will be used to gague the distance. I am told either this womyn's car or the Principal's fucking LEXIS!!!! She drives a fucking LEXIS and they are telling me they don't have the funds to bus my child a mile to school. Our district has the lowest expenditure per student of any district (save one, on a ghetto area) in the county, yet pays it's Administrators MORE than even the richest distrcit in the county. ALL available funds, evidently, from what I can see on the "school report card" are not going towards bussing, or books, or a gifted program, but to ESL programs. It is the HUGEST expenditure, except salary, in the district. I then tell this lovely womyn that the state "law" (which NO ONE follows except our district, ALL the other districts in our county, including the poorest one, bus EVERY CHILD.) says that "dangerous routes, lack of sidewalks and lack of crosswalks" entitle children to bus service. And I will be taking pictures of Sage's supposed walking route (complete with NO sidewalks, gang symbols, open retention ponds, a main street with NO sidewalks and no cross walks) and then she accuses me of "threatening" her. WHAT THE FUCK. I simply tell her that if the route is "safe" than she has nothing to worry about. Haven't heard from the (*$%*(^ yet, but I haven't been able to stop crying much since. I hate this I hate this I hate this I hate this There has to be a better way. Sage NEEDS freinds. I can't get in with the "Intelligent Design" group, I don't know where to go next.