Seriously. Is there some run on paper that I'm not aware of?
At my school (and at most others in DCPS, it seems) paper is locked in a storeroom to which teachers have no access. The only person I know with a key is a business manager who is -- how shall I put this? -- difficult to get a hold of. Frequently she's "too busy" to give out paper. She'll decide (maybe once a month) to post a sign (usually handwritten and barely legible) on some random door somewhere that says "I'm giving out paper today at 8," but if you miss that sign and don't get paper that day then you're SOL.
I was recently in my wife's office and I stumbled upon a supply closet with (GASP!) paper, office supplies, binders -- everything you'd need. My eyes glazed over like a kid in a candy store. "You just come in here and get what you need?" I asked with astonishment. Why does this not exist in DCPS? Are teachers so untrustworthy? What do they think we'll do if given access to the paper supply? Just run the halls throwing paper every which way, laughing and screaming like crazy people?
I can see the Capitol Building from my classroom window, but I can't get the basic supplies that are needed to function in my school. In the words of Homer Simpson: "That's not America. That's not even Mexico."
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