Sorry if this is long. Our district offers an advanced 9th grade math class to selected 8th graders. Elementary teachers have to go through a process of qualification in order to teach this class so few regular elementary schools offer this class. Schools who offer this class must have a qualified teacher, funds for materials and afterschool pay if class is offered afterschool. At the end of the year, students take an exam that has to be honored by all high schools in the district and place students in the next level of math class in high school. Students don’t get high school credit. I’ve taught this class for 3 years. The first year I taught it as an after class where my current principal was my co-teacher (he was a math coordinator then). We had 70% students passing. 2 years ago I taught it to gifted students during the school day and we had 80% of students passing. Last year it was taught as an afterschool class and we had many issues with the class as students were not very responsible, the test was redesigned and made more difficult so we only had 50% passing. This year my principal said that he doesn’t have any money to pay me to teach this class afterschool and he refuses to group students by ability. So, he wants me to differentiate and teach it during the regular math class. The problem is that even if I differentiate, which I’ve done many times, the quality of instruction needed for this advanced class won’t be the same. It is not the same differentiating as dedicating a full period to teaching it exclusively to talented 8th graders. Now that the final exam is even more challenging, students will need more instructional time if we want to achieve good results as my principal wants us to achieve 100% this year. I met with him on Friday and told him that the settings for the success of this class are not there and I couldn’t guarantee good results. He ended up asking me to volunteer my time two times a week afterschool to teach the class because he didn’t have any money. Other teachers who teach this class get paid their hourly rate, which I didn’t get last year and even get a prep time for this class. Now, he’s asking me to do it for free. I’m a little upset that he is putting all this pressure and expectations on me plus not providing the needed support by asking me to volunteer my time on a class that a school has an option to offer. I’ve decided to tell him that I won’t teach the class as I don’t want bad results to show on my record once again. I feel horrible because I feel that I’m denying the opportunity for advanced students to really advance but I just can’t set them up for failure by not passing the test. Should I continue with the class and teach it on my own two times a week or should I just cancel it? This is an optional class and I’m the only qualified teacher in the school so if I cancel it the class won’t be offered but I feel that I’m really being taken advantaged of. My husband and my coworker said that it was very insulting of him to ask me to do that. The school is obligated to provide the necessary funding and settings for this class but this year the principal is not doing his part. Sorry if this is long. Thanks for reading.