Background: I've been working 'for' this P since June last year. After subbing, for a couple of months she offered me a LTS assignment, which she extended (through June 30). At that point my position was eliminated due to budget cuts. I've heard nothing but great or at least good feedback from her. In March last year I asked her a letter of rec in writing. I waited a few weeks, didn't want to rush her. Then in May I asked her again, and since then she basically gave me the run around. these are the things she said: - I thought I already gave it to you - I'm really busy, you have to remind me, all the time (I told her I don't like to bug my P with things like this, she said 'you have to bug me). So I asked her a few more times, but not too many times. Every time I told her that if she would prefer not to write me one, just tell me, she said that wasn't it. (May) - she said there is no point for applying for jobs because there are so many teacher laid off, I won't be able to compete (June) - finally she said the only letter she'll write is one that is sealed and goes straight to the employer!! This was in August! So for 5 months she strung me along saying she'll write it, then she sounds all frustrated as in I'm asking something out of the norm. I tried to explain to her that I can't apply like that. I'm in Cali and we go through edjoin, and I have to submit everything, there is no way for her to add a letter because my application will be incomplete. And does she really want to write me a specifically tailored letter every time I apply? (she said yes). She said she can give me that I'm asking for, but that won't be any good, that will be just a simple verification of employment. This doesn't make sense. I tried to explain to her how edjoin works, she said she knows. The last thing I have done (October) printed out a screen from a job i wanted to apply for and a printed note saying that this is one I plan on applying and as she can see there is no where for her to send the letter with my application. This is so frustrating, I'm very upset every time I think about it. I feel that she owes me a letter, there is no reason why she couldn't write me at least an ok/good one. I cannot apply for any jobs without her letter. I have 3 great letters from student teaching (that was 2 years ago) and an awesome one from a teacher at my current place. I need a P. I even just tried to apply to sub at a place (much more money where I'm at right now) and they wanted a letter from the P. That's the one I showed her. So because of her I haven't / can't apply for any job, because it would look bad that my current P doesn't give me a letter. There are things I can do, I'm just not sure that I should. I can call Human resources and find out what to do in this situation. I can call her direct boss, or her direct boss's direct boss and talk to them. I have met them both personally.