I have two repeat first graders in my class. Both come from homes where the parents are expecting everyone else to care and give more than they are willing to do themselves. I have been giving free tutoring after school. I have tried peer tutoring. I try to make sure that I send home study guides and all kinds of resources to help them. I've given hugs and tried to encourage, but I'm done. We just received DIBELS scores and out of my 20 students, 17 scored 300 and above (for first grade a good score is in the high 100s). My two repeats are actually performing worse than the beginning of the year, and one is performing at a lower level than a student I have who just arrived in the US two weeks ago! Their SST (student support team) paperwork is in the works to move forward with having them diagnosed and placed. But what makes it worse is they are so annoying and ill-behaved with horrible attitude and complete lack of respect for authority or others around them. I guess I just needed to vent. Having these students in the class is just sapping my energy and that is completely unfair to not only the other students but to me! It is constantly reiterated that students that are troublesome have a "right" to be in the school. What about the rights of the teachers and the other students?