I just found out that one of my ED students will be BACK in my classroom this year. His father has decided to retain him. We tried so many times to explain to the father that this child's failure in school was due to the fact that he needed serious emotional help. He has so much on his plate already that trying to fit in 5th grade curriculum is like trying to fit one more clown into the clown car. By the end of the school year last year, I could not even get him to put his name on his paper without it being crumpled up and torn to shreds. He sat in my "safe corner" the entire day and that's IF he made it into the classroom and didn't hide under the deck or run out of the room screaming and crying (I teach 5th grade). Resources are seriously limited in our small little school... we do not have specialists there 5 days a week (other than our Sped teacher, that takes on more roles in our school than I'm sure she's qualified/trained for) nor do we even have a full time principal... I'm not sure I can handle another year of his baby-like behavior nor the emotional toll it takes on him!!!