Getting away from the salary issues that have hijacked the thread, the whole story is a terrible indictment of our society as a whole. There is very little in the way of personal responsibility these days. Everyone with any problem cannot just take responsiblility for it. No one seems to recognize that there could be anything wrong with themselves or their children. You must have a disease! You can't help it! With kids, it's hard not to believe that so much of this stems from a general sense that we will easiily bruise children's self-esteem. Therefore, there are never any losers (everyone gets a trophy), dodgeball is bad (some kids will get hit with the ball and will feel bad), can't play tag on the playground (some kids will lose and feel bad), etc. Some schools have stopped giving tests since some kids will do poorly and feel bad about it and it will stunt their growth somehow. My god, where will this go next? Parents that think the schools are out to get them and label their child as different are missing the point! There are kids with issues! There are parents with issues! Maybe both need help. I put my kids in private school to avoid some of these issues but they exist there too. Thanks to the teachers who really care and are trying to fix the problems but my god, good luck! With the threat of getting sued for attempting to help kids, who's going to go the extra mile to do that? Hard not to believe we're not doomed.