**Before I begin, I apologize for the length but felt it necessary. Please continue to read. I am at my wits end over this. Thank you! Hi all, I need some advise and information on a situation concerning my son. He is 5 years old and will turn 6 in August just after the new school year begins. I have been a stay at home mom with him for the past 2 years. I had no idea when he began kindergarten that they would expect so much from him or I would have started teaching basics at home. Because of some certain circumstances, my son started school 4 weeks late at the beginning of the year. He struggled alot to catch up with the rest of the class and we worked really hard at home as well. I have had several meetings with his teacher and the school advisor about his assessments and in each and everyone of them, he has always been a step behind but is continuing to improve dramatically. The gap continues to get smaller and smaller. However, in our meeting today they have formally recommended to hold him back in kindergarten again. He is the youngest of three children and he knows exactly what this means compared to his older siblings. It is heart wrenching to watch the confussion and disappointment he has with himself of what returning to kindergarten again next year means. He is going to sylvan for a summer program to help him along with his phonics and reading. He has also started a program at home with audible books that are helping him improve. I disagree with their recommendation and don't believe he needs an entire year again in kindergarten to be ready for 1st grade. They pretty much told me today that if I disagree with them and don't sign the papers that I have to request a meeting with the principal about it. Which is tomorrow morning. Then if she requests the same, and I disagree, then I have to set up a meeting with the superintendient. My question I have is...can they force my hand and make me hold him back in kindergarten or will I be allowed the final say? I understand that they think it would be more traumatic for him if he reaches 1st and can't cut it and we have to put him back than it would be if we start him fresh again in kindergarten. But I also know my son, and holding him back is traumatic anyways, especially when he has been trying so hard. He will get discouraged, and quit trying because he doesn't think there is a point. I want what is best for my son, but I just don't think what they are recommened is what's best for him. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. PS..I don't know if its a national law or state by state, but in case, I live in South Mississippi.