I just found out 2 of my students are being moved because their parents don't want them in my classroom. Our administration is fearful of parents going over their head so they move kids just to appease the parents. I work really hard to differenciate instruction for my students and spend hours preparing lessons and materials so they can be engaged and meet the standards. The sad thing is that each child has told me that they don't want to move classrooms, but their parents are insisting. One parent told our AP it doesn't matter what his kid wants. Neither parent has come to me with their concerns so I am still in the dark as to what issues they have. The AP has told them that she feels they should come talk to me, but both parents have refused. Ultimately the P makes the decision to move kids, so my AP feels that her hands are tied. It is also frustrating to have colleagues tell me not to take it personally, but I have invested time, effort, and emotion into these students so it is not easy to just shrug it off. BTW- I send home weekly progress notes and communicate with parents through e-mail, notes, phone calls, and have an open door policy where parents can visit the classroom any time they make an appointment. I have never had issues like this in my 20+ years of teaching until I moved to this particular school. Does your administration give in to parent demands without discussing it with you? How do you not take it personally when a parent essentially tells you that you are not good enough to teach their child? I have a terrific class this year, so it tears at my heart to see these 2 students leave and have to deal with questions from the other students about why so and so is no longer in our class. Sorry, just had to vent because I am so sad and mad!