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Some days I’m glad we picked private school

One of the few decisions I've made in my life and haven't questioned after has to be sending Madison to private school.  Our local school district is not something I was happy with.  According to the referendum paperwork that was sent (which is the only information I have since when (aff) I've called the district they refused to answer my questions), we have no art, no music, no teacher's aides, and up to 34 kids in a class.  Now, last year I know they didn't have art and music and I guess they found some funds to pay for it for this year.  However, don't count on it for next year because they are short money again.  So, if Madison went there, she may or may not get art and music, and who knows how many kids would be in her class (that would only be half day because full day kindergarten costs too much).  Madison attends a private catholic school that has full day kindergarten, teachers aides, art and music.  Granted, it does cost us $, but I can't see setting her up to fail.

Now, I knew the state of IL hasn't been paying their bills.  I've read newspaper articles and Will's speech therapist has been having problems getting paid.  However, I was floored to find out that they aren't paying the school either.  So what are the school districts doing?  Laying off teachers and cutting programs.

How does this play into our private school decision? I don't have to worry about this. I don't have to worry about programs being cut.  I don't have to worry about class size.  I don't have to worry about teachers getting laid off.  I know that Madison is getting a quality education.  Now, granted, I am paying for that.  However, I look at it as setting her up to succeed.  From the way things are going here in IL, I have begun wondering if to get your kids a quality education you have to pay like we are.

I wonder though — is this happening in other states?  Are we the only state not paying their bills?  Are all the schools going down because they are bare boning them down to nothing?

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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.View Author posts