And no job. These are requests to TRANSFER. I've been with the district almost 20 years. Last year, my P. moved me to a classroom that was less than 500 square feet. Ed code says rooms in grades 1 to 6 should be at least 960 square feet or 30 square feet per student. I have barely 20 square feet per student. This is literally the worst room in the school, if not the district. Can't even open the door due to playground noise (less than 10 feet away). She made me move because a room was needed for a 6th grade English teacher. I have a credential, NCLB certification, and experience teaching 6th grade English. At the time I asked if I could take the 6th grade English position. Without giving a reason, she said no. I was to stay in first grade and teach in the small room. Fast forward to this last spring. First of all, our district offered a golden handshake, freeing up positions in K, 3,4, and 5. Our P. sent out an email if anyone was interested in changing grades. I immediately replied that I was. I got no response. Then she dogged me on my evaluation. An overall satisfactory but it said I wasted class time because I take my kids to the playground too much (I don't, and feel bad about it because they go crazy in such a small room). Honestly, though, it wasn't a good year. The small room makes me crazy - there's no way to walk around without stepping over kids. This makes me lose my focus and adversely affects my lesson delivery. The acoustics and the size of the room make everything louder. My ears now ring constantly. And I'm also getting burned out in first grade. That's been going on for a while. I've been teaching the same scripted curriculum for 12 years and really want to do something different. When I saw the open positions posted on Edjoin, I went back to the P. and asked why I can't change grades. I told her the room was making me crazy. I told her I wanted out of first grade and why. Again, she said no and told me she wanted me to "master" first grade before she moved me. I PEAKED IN FIRST GRADE LONG AGO. I told her that I did not think I could ever be a good teacher in that classroom. SHE NODDED IN AGREEMENT. But still did not let me change grades. So I applied for one of the open positions on Edjoin. I wanted one last chance to plead my case. By contract, she had to interview me. After the most surreal job interview in my life, I was never contacted as to whether I got the position. I found out I didn't get the position last week when the new fifth grade hire came to a planning meeting for a committee I'm on. Meanwhile .... I started to think that maybe it's time for not just a different grade, but a different school as well. So I start applying for open positions around the district. I have credentials and NCLB certification to teach elementary, English (to grade 9), history, geography, economics, and government. I have solid experience in grades 5, 6, and middle school history and English. I also taught high school social studies for a year. Well, I have been to six interviews. All for grades or subjects I've taught. Two schools I interviewed me for FIRST GRADE - the job I'm currently doing now and have been for 12 years. Nothing. In every case it was "Thank you for interviewing, but the team decided to go for someone who was a better fit." Keep in mind, these are transfers, not new jobs. There is no increase in salary, no change in status. They have to keep paying me either way. I'm a permanent, tenured employee of the district. All of this results from a little blurb in our contract - most contracts probably have this language - that says "The district determines the time, place, and manner of instruction." That means they decide who teaches what and where. The district has passed this power down to the principals. We're a small district where everybody knows someone or a lot of people at other schools. All of the principals know each other by first names. I'm starting to wonder if there's not more to what is going on than I realize.