A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Week Five, Jefferson City, MO

Already our rules have the support of most of the neighbors. The house on the corner had a party Sunday night and notified everyone. At 1:00 AM--just as our rules state--they brought the party inside. Unfortunately, the teenagers decided this would be a great time to piggyback and they had a party, too, but there's did not go the way they wanted. First off, a large contigent of gang wannabees came out. The police came out, too, in force. By 2:00 AM they effectively closed the party down and then they came out again and actually left an officer on the block to watch.

We used the Sunshine Laws of Missouri to get all of the records of disturbances on the main problem house. It cost me thirty-seven dollars. The first report was five dollars. Each following page was ten cents. So you can see how big the file is.

Most of it, unfortunately, is the main suspect--the woman at 324 Ash--calling on herself or problems she helped to create.

I'll post some of the documents overtime.

Anyway, I feel I wasted my money because from this file there are almost no reports on actual complaints against the house. I know there are more reports. I myself complained. Where's that report? My wife complained. Where's hers? The neighbors complained. She can't understand it. I show up on only one report. My wife twice. The neighbor across the street not even once.

I'll have to do more research on this one.


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