I teach the honors Global History classes for both 9th and 10th grade. This year, I am the sole teacher teaching both courses. This is a good thing because I know exactly where I get with my 9th graders for next year and blah blah blah. However, the problem with being the other teacher is that they scaled back the program by reducing each course by 1 period. Now, my classes are huge. However, I'm most mad because I had students in my class that do NOT fit the criteria to be in my class and students that I know should be in 10th grade class are not because of guidance. With my 9th graders, they had an 8th grade teacher that said "Whoever wants to be in Honors next year, just initial next to your name and I'll recommend you." She totally ignored my prerequisites! With my 10th graders, guidance took it upon themselves to bump the brightest students to the AP course so the school can look better because we've been getting a lot of negativity over our dwindling AP courses. Well, the students dropped out of AP and now can't get in my honors class because it's full--even though it's what they wanted and deserve! I went down to guidance and asked that everyone in my classes be examined: those that match the criteria, remain and those that don't, go to where they belong. This request was denied. I asked that my prep period be used to make a third section of my Global History II class. My request was denied. I'm fuming right now!!!!!!!!!!