I met Florencia, Jose’s mother, a few days earlier. Florencia and another mom had just left a meeting where they were told by district that CTC was being moved to accommodate WHFA. They were a combination of shock and sadness. They both did not want the school moved. The one mom whose daughter attends CTC said, “The Fairfax area is safe, I feel good having her here.” Florencia nodded in agreement. When I asked them if a move would be hard on their kids they said, “Yes.”
I stood near the nine school buses watching the teachers help the special education students climb the stairs and step between the curb and the bus door. These are the ‘short’ buses that have been the butt of jokes for decades. My heart ached. Where are all these nine buses of students going to go if this middle school pushes them out?