Hi everyone and thanks to those who have already responded to previous threads. My wife was non-renewed this year after receiving generally positive performance reviews (with a few "needs improvements" but no more than other colleagues who were retained). She is not tenured, has a Masters' degree and ten years of experience. We suspect she was non-renewed because she stopped sponsoring an academic club for which the stipend was eliminated, and because she refused to teach a specific course that she was asked to. Her supervisor has already stated that he will not provide her with a letter of reference for a teaching position. He is willing to write a letter for her if she changes fields stating that she was always on time, etc. Her school got a new principal this year. Not only is the principal new to the school, this is her first principalship. About a week ago, my wife was asked to sign a document stating that she understood that the board would be voting to dismiss her. The board meeting was to be held the following day. In response, she submitted a letter of resignation, which was accepted by the principal. The principal told my wife her termination would be recorded as a resignation. Since that time, we received a certified letter from the board stating that they did in fact vote to dismiss her. Today the principal e-mailed my wife rescinding her acceptance of the resignation letter and once again asking that she come and sign a document to the effect that she is "aware" of her non-renewed status. We have not involved the union at this point because my wife is too ashamed of having been non-renewed to let the rep know the situation. What do you guys think? To me, this sounds unusual. If the school screwed up my wife's termination paperwork, it seems to me this is not my wife's problem. Since they are not offering her a positive reference, it seems like we really have no reason to play along with them.