Question for Administrators
- Hi Y'all,
I'm sending this to all of the Alabama homeschool lists that I
m on to try to reach as many church school The judge told the
administrator to administrators as possible for an opinion. Please
feel free to delete if you're not interested.
Now for the question:
Without naming a family or school, I have been asked about how one
would go abhout making a complaint about a school, specifically the
The situation is this: The parents are getting a divorce (the wife
threw the husband out of the home (his words) and he had an affair
(don't know which order). The child is homeschooled and hey are in
Alabama, so a church school is involved. The involvement has nothing
to do with education or school issues. The school administrator
wrote a letter to the child's attorney (guardian ad litem) and the
judge saying that the father should not be allowed to see the child
because the mother (who apparently works for the school) does not
want him to stay out of it because they had no idea what was going
on, so they will probably have little or no weight in court either
However, this seems very innapropriate for this administrator to do
with no allegations even of a problem with the father and the child.
They wrote this simply to support the mother's wants, not the
I do not mean that they should not support the mother - if their
experience is that she is a good mother and they want to support her,
fine. Writing a letter to say that she's a great mom and to support
her is quite appropriate. Standing up in court as a character
witness is fine. Writing against the father simply because the mom
doesn't want him to see the child is wrong. (Writing aginst a parent
because you know of something harmful to the children is different,
but does not seem to be the case here. He has offered to show me
copies of the letters but I have not asked to see them.)
The child being homeschooled does not seem to be an issue in this
case, BTW. The fathers complaint is the administrator writing
against him without reason.
I hope I've explained this well enough - it's a little complicated.
My suggestion was to complain to the sponsoring church but I do not
know if the church administration and the school administration is
the same or not.
I just wanted opinions from experienced school administrators and any
suggestions you might have.