On Friday I had an odd encounter in my school office, a colleague of mine come up to me and asked me if I was going to be teaching yearbook next year has she had heard that the position was open. As I had no plans of leaving I told her that I was still planning on being there. So, I went to my principal and asked him if it was true. He told me that the position was not open and wanted to know who had told me this. I would not tell him and he said that it was not right that someone else told me this, but that my contract was not being renewed for next year. He told me that he would come talk to me next Tuesday or Wednesday in a more formal capacity, but that I basically had two options: 1. I could resign, if I do I can not ask for a letter of recommendation. 2. That I can sign a paper saying my contract was not renewed. He told me most teacher opt for the first one. Now, a little bit of background information. I am a second year teacher so I do not have tenure. I teach tenth grade English, Theatre, and Yearbook. I have worked my butt off for this job and regularly have 14 hour days between rehearsals for musicals and plays and yearbook deadlines. I have been given minimal support by my administration and department heads along with most of the colleagues I was teamed with. I am at a loss of which one I should choose and have been researching my options, however what I wanted to know is if anyone else had been told that they can't ask for a letter of recommendation if they are forced to resign? Thank you for any input.