Well, I have encountered a few issues with buying stuff for the DTech pathway. On Wednesday morning I spent an hour and fifteen minutes walking up and down the aisles of Lowe's trying to figure out the last major items to buy for DTech (at least for this year). After calculating out how much money I had left, which was about $980, I ended up with two carts of supplies. I picked up things like a miter saw, jigsaw, belt sander, hardware, and safety equipment. I trundled up to the checkout lady expecting everything to be just peachy, but fate would prove to be a negative Nancy.
Apparently there were some issues with the account, which meant that I could not purchase the items I needed. Imagine having to walk away from two full carts! Not a fun experience. Not sure what to do at this point considering the purchase deadline is in just a few days.
This one isolated incident wouldn't be such a huge problem on its own, but this is just the latest bit of heartburn in a long series of acid reflux. It seems like a situation where I am being dis-incentivized to work more / harder / creatively, which is not a good feeling. I have this sinking feeling that I am not alone when it comes to teachers trying to push ahead for their students only to be shackled by unnecessary and ineffective bureaucracy. Maybe I just have marginal luck...