I am currently completing a PHD in education, an experienced teacher, tenured in my last position and never received a poor performance review. An opportunity at my childrens school opened up so for the purposes of saving money on before/after school care and to make our schedules more manageable while I complete my degree I chose to leave my old teaching position for this new opportunity. I've always wanted to work in my kids school district as it has a better rating as compared to the district where I used to work. Anyway, long story but I was interviewed by 2 of the admins several months prior to the end of last school year. They were both super supportive and positive and excited about my educational pursuits and discussed the many leadership opportunities that would be available for me at my childrens school and the district. The position is a special education teaching position however I was told that there would definitely be opportunities for me to take on additional responsibilities in line with my educational pursuits. I had such a great feeling about the people who interviewed me (who were slated to be my supervisors) so I accepted the position. Fast forward to my accepting the job and several months later starting off the new school year with the new school (and this is a brand new classroom for this school)... both AP's who interviewed and hired me were both promoted to principal positions at different schools. The people who replaced them who I now report to have been completely unsupportive of my new classroom (discouraging me from including them in specials although it's in their IEP), refusing to provide technology to my classroom as they don't understand why severely disabled children need i-pads and computers, discouraging me from taking my children to a common cafeteria to eat lunch because of their medical issues stating that they would prefer that we just stay in our classroom specifically with the door closed all day. *Yes I was specifically told to keep my door closed because one of my students communicates by grunting (but no louder than the group of kids who line up outside of my door daily for restroom breaks)! And, I was actually called into on of the AP's office and slapped on the hand for following a childs IEP by allowing them to attend a class session with their peers. I had gotten the ok from the gen ed teachers and thought that I was doing the right thing. I was recently told by administration that they didn't realize that I was actually working on a doctorate but thought that I was working on a specialist instead and that they really couldn't support any of my course work (by simply signing off on assignments and allowing me to attend leadership meetings just as a quiet spectator for my class assignment) because I have not been "tapped" to be in leadership with the district. My principal's actual words were... "I suggest that you just drop the current leadership class that you're in because I can't support it". I am at a complete loss as to how to proceed. I am at a position in my educational pursuits and with my years of experience to apply for supervisory positions with other schools but my plan was to complete my degree first (I only have a couple of semesters left prior to my dissertation) then my plan was to pursue a lead teacher position or something like that. I was always impressed with the district until I began working here and now I don't even feel comfortable with my children staying in an environment where leadership does not support their employees. If the principal doesn't believe in me and support me in my educational pursuits then how can I trust that she will believe in my children and encourage their academic success? At this point I'm having to scramble and go outside of the district to find support in simply completing my assignments towards my degree because my current administration said no, they would not support me. These are not the people that I interviewed with. I have considered reaching out to the 2 people who interviewed me but I'm new to the district and not sure of their relationship with my current principal and don't want to make the situation worse by asking their opinion and possibly having them report back to my principal. I believe that I would be able to break my contract if offered a leadership position in education as that would be considered a promotion and a valid reason based on what I've researched. But that was not the plan. I wanted more time to prepare to move into leadership however I'm starting to feel like maybe this is the push that I needed to seek out administrative positions as that was ultimately the goal anyway. My classroom itself is great, the kids are a pleasure to work with, parent support is great, paraprofessionals are great. But I'm spending a great deal of money to further my education in hopes to advance my career and being slapped in the face with no support and actually suggesting that I drop my classes really makes me feel like I need to leave asap and take my children with me. I'm feeling stuck and discouraged.