I dreampt about this child last night so I guess he's getting to me more than I want him to.... We'll call this child B (for brat, just kidding). He has a long standing reputation for maniuplation and anger issues as well as resistance to change. He was moved into my math class in December and it has been a constant battle ever since. He is constantly telling me that he is not stupid and does not need to be in this "slower" math class and I constantly tell him that he is not stupid but his grades prove that he does need to be in the "slower" math class. He pulls battles with me like "I'm not going to do any homework until Thursday night and then turn it all in on Friday with my folder" Then he turns in NO folder and tells me it's my fault he's failing becuase I lost his folder. I have gone to the principal, the super, the spec ed teacher, his other teachers... I've asked every person for advice that I can, including his own mother, and no one can tell me what to do with this child. Yesterday during class he told me that his mother was making him come in for tutoring after school (worth 25-30 extra credit points). He then decides, somewhere between Math and After School, that he is going to skip and return to school right before the end of the after school program so that his mom thinks he attended. Of course, I called mom and she said to leave him outside because she doesn't want a fight. Okay, I understand that you don't want a fight, but you would rather have your child running around town with no supervision? Okay there is more to this story, but I have to go outside for recess duty.