It's getting to that time of year when we start looking at our student placements for next year. My school has allowed parents to request their child's teacher in the past and it has caused some serious problems. During the last week of school, the teachers spend hours sorting the kids into classes as balanced as possible with regard to academics, behavior, and gender as well as the teaching style and personality of the new teacher. Over the summer, parents start calling the principal to make requests, and the students get shifted around. The result is unbalanced classes with behavior problems loaded up in one class, another class with very high academic abilities, etc. This year, the teachers took a stand and said we do not want any parent requests. The principal agreed and is sending out a letter. However, we do expect a serious backlash of angry parents who are going to be told "No." Our rationale is that no other school in the district allows, or has ever allowed a parent to request a particular teacher for their child. What do you all think of requests?