My first son, then aged 5 was having issues at his pre school. The teachers recommended him to retain him in transition as he was not very social or vocal. We got him evaluated and the Wake County officials finally gave a recommendation that everythings allright with him. We were happy that he would go to Kindergarten in Davis Drive. Little did we realise the "politics" or "bias" that was going on in the county school system !

My son is very mild and soft spoken (a lot like me), and we found it strange that he did not like his Kindergarten teacher from day one. Very unlike him not to like anyone. He struggled in Kindergarten and that started draining our energy, stressing us out.. all kinds of tests, evaluations, and not to forget the mounting medical bills. The biggest jolt came when his teacher said he has to be retained in Kindergarten !! That sounded very absurd. I knew a few kids from the same school who were comparitively very weak, and were going to First Grade.

When we started questioning the decision, we got absurd answers, and the principal closed the matter with the final sentence "Only a miracle can see him go to first grade". My wife studies the books for parents rights, approached the supeintendent, and the "miracle" finally happen ! He was promoted to first grade. He has just completed his first grade and had absolutely no issues. Thanks to his teachers in first grade. I think they made a huge difference.