I know that as teachers we always experience those "problem parents" but we have a parent at our school who seems to be running the show. I'm not sure if it's the whole philosophy of trying to keep the parents happy, or if our principal and other higher command people are too scared to do anything about her. She has been complaining about her child not getting recess for months. She tried to say that he sits in his seat for 7 hrs a day which is so not true. The fact is, her child DOES get recess but it was never enough for her, so she goes and complains to our Director of Instruction, and now next yr. we all have to make sure we find extra time for recess. Now I agree that kids need to time to relax and not do anything structured, but arent they at school to learn? Not to mention, we already feel as if we dont have enough time to cover things as it is. So his teacher adds in recess time, yet it is still not good enough for her because she thinks recess always means they go outside and run around. So ok she won that battle because the principal keeps telling his teacher what she needs to do based on what that parent wants. Now she is complaining about her son's Literacy Group. He is not where he needs to be and his reading teacher wanted to refer him to Title I. Apparently she had this misconception of Title I and seemed to think that the kids in Title I were SPED and behavior problems. (This really pissed me off). So now that she has had a meeting with his teacher, reading teacher, principal, and Title I teacher, she now wants to come observe our Title I group which is the group I teach, to see if she likes it. Not only that, but she has requested reading material for home so she can help her son. It wasnt sent home today, and what did she do? Called and complained. I dont have her son at all, but this parent is making us all go crazy and NOTHING is done about it. I realize all parents want their child to succeed, but it seems as if she thinks she knows it all and we would almost rather see her homeschool him if she thinks shes so "educated" in the field of education. Some of us feel as if she is being catered to for everything. If she says jump, our higher up people say how high. I understand you want to keep parents happy, but whatever happened to keeping the teachers happy?