TM, I don’t disagree with you about government or other bureaucracies. But read it again. First, as I said, the kids got their funding — that was my top priority. In fact, they got that funding because the culprits realized I was on to their scheme and quit messing around with my mail and actually tried to get on my good side.

Later, when a superintendent and an official in D.C. who could be trusted arrived, they got copies of my documents to help them make their case. Previous administrators preferred be “ostriches” unwilling to rock the boat. That’s what the lines about biding your time were about. I just had to wait a while, and make sure my applications continued to be handed in on time while I waited.

It’s a convoluted, inefficient and nerve wracking way to do things, to be sure. But I had to learn how to work it, to make it work.

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store