Click on the one which applies to you. Your offer has been accepted, ignored, or rejected.
Congratulations! Send a letter thanking the administrator for the quick reply. Identify the date you ordered the magazines and newspapers that they had requested. Provide your contact information so that the educator may contact you should there be a problem with a subscription. Stop in to visit the school library to make sure the materials are on display. Ask to see how often the items have been checked out by the students so you know how well they have been received so that you can make the necessary adjustments on your next offer.
This is the “polite” way of saying “no”. Call the principal to make arrangements to meet with them. If they seem too busy to set an appointment, drop in after the students have left for the day. Bring a second copy of your original letter in which you made your offer. On this copy, under the original date, write the date of your meeting and the words “second offer”. Keep a copy of this letter for your records. Remember to include a SASE. Always be friendly and try to encourage the principal to make a selection. If the principal continues to ignore or actually declines your offer, ask why. Keep a copy of the letter you brought to this meeting and keep careful notes about what the administrator said to you. Go to “rejected” for additional recommendations.
If the principal rejects your offer, try to determine the objections. You may be able to make some reasonable compromises as long as you provide conservative materials only. Make sure that you take careful notes. Do not hesitate to discuss every child’s right to academic freedom and the variety of methods for teaching critical thinking skills. If the principal still refuses to include conservative materials in the school library, suggest that you will be requesting a meeting with the Superintendant of Schools to discuss policy. Do have this meeting. Remember to take careful notes during these meetings and to save copies of all letters and written materials. If the Superintendent does not wish to encourage the principal to accept your offer, then inform him that you will be requesting an opportunity to address the school board. See step three for agenda recommendations.