I plan to return to the school where I teach next year even though I'm unhappy. I decided to return for a number of reasons, mainly because of the job market, but also because I'd like to keep my grade level so I can focus more on management and less on planning. My principal has made several comments about leaving our school or transferring within the district. She basically threatens us. She says that we'd better have a "valid reason" for wanting to leave or she'll make her "disdain known" to principals from other schools that call for references. WHAT?? Seriously? She can't do that, right? She also said that if/when we plan to leave we need to tell her first we want a good reference. I think she's acting this way because a lot of teachers last year left (12?) so I think she's scared she looks bad to other admins in the district. I'm not asking because I plan to do something about it, I just want to know. I'll deal with the hassles when I'm actually ready to leave.