Here's a brief history of my situation. I'm a first year teacher who is enrolled in an alternative teaching program. I work in one of the most difficult schools in my district. There is a very high crime rate, drug/alcohol problems, high drop-out rate, etc. Many of my students have horrible home lives. I started on October 1st. The other two 2nd grade teachers had to choose students to send to the new classroom. The new classroom started with a sub, then I arrived 3 weeks later. I didn't end up with ALL the behavior problems but it does seem like I ended up with the worst behavior problems. I'm going by what all the other teachers are telling me. Anywho, I had seventeen students to start out with. Five of those students were reading on a 2nd grade level. The other twelve were at a 1st grade level. Of those twelve students I had five who were reading below a 10. None of them are in Special Ed. Is it realistic to expect that these kids would be ready for 3rd grade (DRA 28) when they came in so far behind? Today I was informed that if I stay next year I will be moved to a lower grade level "because my kids are not prepared for 3rd grade." I was also told that there is a good chance that grade would be Pre-K. I am a 31 year-old male who has no children (that I know of) and really do not want to teach toddlers. I have to let them know of my decision before March 15th. Thanks in advance for any input/advice/kind words.