OK.... the A-Z forum is always a great place for advice. Here is my situation: I moved to NJ from Texas in August of 2008. I had a job at a private school for kids with autism, but I only stayed there for a year because I missed public school terribly. I was hired at a public middle school to start an autism program. The program has grown and is incredibly successful. So successful, actually, that they keep giving me more and more kids. I started out with 5, now I have 7, next year I will have 9 (state cap for an autism class). The kids are great, the parents are great, everything about the classroom is great. The thing that is NOT great is the admin. They are not supportive of very much. They continuously call the kids "the retarded kids." Likewise, the teachers treat the kids with the same attitudes. They don't want them in electives classes and I have to fight my butt off to get them in ANY classes outside of my own, even WITH a para and support. They just have a lot of backwards ways of doing things. I had a kid placed in my class with the intellectual disability label, and they just changed it to autism because you're not supposed to be ID and in an autism class. (?) They missed 600 minutes of speech because the speech therapist broke her knee and was out on medical workers comp. They didn't replace the therapist for over two months. They said they'd only give speech to the kids whose "parents noticed." I have really had to advocate and fight for the rights of the kids and the parents. The parents are all speak English as a Second Language OR are low income with minimal resources (single parents, grandparents raising babies, etc.) They don't know what they're entitled to and as a result they are getting taken advantage of. At any rate, I got RIFed a month ago. They've told me, "You'll be fine, you'll be fine, nobody wants the severe autism class." However, we won't "officially" find out until June (end) whether we have a contract or not.... which makes me nervous. I applied to several positions around town, and I got a call for an interview yesterday. It is for one of the most sought after school districts in the area (high salary, great resources, great reputation). It's a high school job and I've never taught high school before... but the thought of it intrigues me. My main priority is preparing my kids to be successful adults - and independent members of society ( to the best of their abilities). That's why I think I'd love high school - I love communication, community trips, vocational skills, etc. - a lot of the things you focus on in high school. The interview is next week. Here's what I am wondering.... Does it look horrible to have 2006-2008 school in texas job 2008-2009 school in nj that was private and i left because I wanted public job 2009-2010 middle school in nj where i started successful autism program and was RIFed 2010-2011 high school in nj (or any other job) I am wondering if it is in my best interest to just stick it out at my current job because I've built this wonderful program, the kids are great, parents are great, paras are great.... or if another opportunity presents itself-- should I go for it? Will the current school be offended that I am applying elsewhere? (They can't be - they RIFed me, right??? ) I know that most likely I'd have a job in my current school next year, but am slightly concerned that I won't see a contract until June. I am fairly confident that I could get a position elsewhere (with my specialized training and certifications). What do you think??? Look into the other jobs because I don't have a contract? Stay with current job because it'd be better to keep a two year stint on my resume instead of doing 2 yrs, 1 yr, 1 yr, 1 yr??? I'm concerned about staying because my current school just does not treat special ed very well. The kids OR the teachers. I know that I could stay and "fight" that - but I've fought the good fight and these people are OLD SCHOOL and not willing to change. If i do stay, the kids/paras/parents are so wonderful that it does kind of balance it out - but it still verrrrry tiring to be constantly fighting for the kids. Part of me wants to take a job somewhere else to get them back for RIFing me. Haha. They would be INCREDIBLY upset to lose me, I know this for a fact. However, not upset enough that they'd just give me my contract now instead of June. I am just so lost on what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.