Hello, I have a problem and I was wondering if any other teachers could give me some advice about it. I have a student in my class who is very low. This is 1st grade and he has great difficulty reading. He was low when he came into my classroom and he has struggled all year. From all indications he had a very weak Kindergarten and didn't come with the background skills that he needed. The parent is extremely opposed to retention and they say they are going to fight it. I'm not sure what to do in this type of situation. Technically in my district the school has the final say when it comes to retention but if the parent causes enough of a stir then they always give in to the parent. I could see this parent threatening to get a lawyer to fight it. I think administration would rather have me just pass the child on regardless in order to avoid the drama. However I really feel like I cannot justify passing this child on. I would hate to just pass on a student who is on such a low level. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place here. Has anybody else ever been in this situation and how did you deal with it?