So for a few years now I've wanted to have my son Maximus tested for autism/asperbers syndrome, but have put it off because I don't want him to be "labeled" by anyone. Don't get me wrong, if he does have one of these problems, it's at the very end of the spectrum, as his symptoms are miniscule. He's highly intelligent, but just has some behavioral problems that are especially coming out now that he's in school all day and around others besides family. So in keeping with trying to make a long story short, this year, by the grace of God, he was put with a wonderful teacher. I'm telling you girls, she is a blessing, and is so wonderful and patient with him. She used to nanny for a child that had a slight form of autism, and recognized some of his signs right away. Since school started she has been very open in communication with us on ways she's helping him in class, from rubbing his back to calm him down (he rocks and hums without knowing it sometimes) to getting him a squishy stress release ball to hold in class during reading times to keep him calm. She is just the most amazing teacher I've ever met, and I couldn't be happier. Well, yesterday when I showed up at school to pick up my boys and I ask her (as I always do) how he did, she started crying. Turns out, her and another teacher have been let go (not fired, but are being transfered to another school... because they were the last hired so they're the first fired) and I am furious. I hate hate HATE this "last hired, first fired" rule, I think it's absolutely ridiculous. I know for a fact that there are teachers in that school that couldn't care less about the kids, and think that they all should fit in to this "cookie cutter" make believe child form that all behave the same and are smart. My oldest child is fine with a teacher like this, because he's very bright and always makes straight As, behaves perfectly... no issues. But every child is different, and some kids are born with behavioral issues that they just can't help, and so many teachers just label these kids, like my Max, as the "trouble-makers." I started crying right there with her, telling her that I wanted to go and scream at the principal, the school district, and anyone else that had anything to do with what happened to her. I can't believe that this is happening, that my son who has fallen in love with his teacher the past 6 weeks of school is going to have his class split up and just shoved onto another teacher that knows nothing about the work that we have been doing with Max to get him comfortable in the classroom. I'm seeing red I'm so pissed off about this, and more about the fact that there's nothing that I can do about it. DH called the school district superintendent and spoke with them a little bit yesterday, but they said that these are administrative calls (the principal at the school) and that the best thing to do is to talk to them. So he made an appt with the principal for Monday morning. I'm sure it won't do one bit of good, but at least we can get our points made... that we are outraged that something like this could happen, and how we do not want her moved anywhere else. This November there is a new question on the ballot that supports letting go the "bad" teachers first, no matter how long they've been employed, instead of the first hired. And like I said, it's not like any of them are fired, just moved around (which I think is ridiculous as well, if they are consistantly bad and not teaching the students anything, just freaking fire them!!! Sorry, that's a whole other debate entirely...). I'm sorry this is so long, but I can't believe this is happening, especially to my six year old first grader who needs Mrs. Aguirre.