I had a very enlightening conversation last night with a woman whose son is on Mo's baseball team. Her son is in the third grade and had the same firs grade teacher that Mo has now. "Nothing's changed -- she was never there two years ago either.
Is this a parrellel universe?
This is so similar to my own teacher experience it is scary.
We had also decided to "not do anything about it" as it was too late in the year, and all the other compassionate and lack of information reasons. Then we found out it had been going on for three or 4 years.
I decided I had to act, not really for my kids but for all the kids that were going to come after him.
If I didnt act then the exact same situation would occur the following year. parents would take half the year to wake up to what was occurring then sit on their hands for compassionate reasons, start chatting with older parents suddenly find out it had been going on for some years then decide it was too late in the year to do anything about it.
I wrote and talked to everyone I could think of during the last couple of months of my sons year and was given lots of assurances that It wouldn't be happening the following year, but it did. The teacher concerned was put on notice to improve attendance or she risked disciplinary action at the end of my sons year, but it still took another full year for any material action to be taken. The school offered her the role of school librarian and she was told there was no other position available.
The teacher took immediate stress leave. Which backs up my assessment that she was abusing the system.
We never saw her again.
Like I said before your teacher is using/abusing the system. The school wont act unless they get letters of complaint from parents.