and principal telling them off. I have a letter in to the director of Special Education in already asking for a specialist to do fba and become member of iep team. (We've had a "specialist" provided for 2 meetings- one was during the eligibity process 2 years ago and he turned out not to be a real psychologist- maybe an intern or something- and the second was an educational specialist who only showed up once 6 mos ago because she wanted to do her own full evaluation- including diagnosis and I said no). Anyway, my difficult child has been failing science all year, even though he scores advanced in it on standardized testing. This teacher, who has an aide, refuses to do what is in tthe iep- which really isn't that much and the other teachers who do it see difficult child doing better in class. Since they know I've sent this lettter, now she does a minimal amount part of the time. But what is infuriating me is that she is sending behavior reports (which go to case manager and principal) that say things like "difficult child had something red on his notebook- it looked like blood but he told me it was paint" (it really was paint from art class), "difficult child went to the back of the room at the end of class, took his shoe off and dropped it on the floor" (and this matters to anyone-WHY?), "difficult child had to make genetics for his pretend baby in class- and he laughed and said he thought his baby was evil". The art teacher sent me an email asking if there would be a problem with difficult child using an xacto knife, like all other kids would be doing, to do a project one day. She said if it was a concern, she would modify his assignment but asked for suggestions of how to present it so difficult child wouldn't feel singled out. I really appreciated her asking this, and told her it shouldn't be a problem with him using it but thanked her for asking. That, I understand. Miss science teacher, on the other hand, has become more of a problem since I tried to politely (strongly) hint that making sure difficult child wrote his homework down and actually left the classroom with the homework was an accommodation found necessary and it is written in the iep and therefore, required of them to do. And that I was going to write a letter to others in the school district asking for someone to come and help the school out with understanding mood disorders. Principal then backed up teacher and basicly told her she didn't have anything to worry abbout- she was a good teacher. Well, I really want to let them know that difficult child is on probation, but not for any violent act. difficult child was in psychiatric hospital before-2 years ago for about 1 week- for suicidal ideation and my concerns that he was a danger to himself. Yes, he's had a few squabbles and pushing matches with other kids at this school over the past 2 years, but they have all been written up as minor altercation- no injury. I want her to see that if difficult child's comment about his "baby" was a joke with other kids joking around, it should have been overlooked. If it was more serious, then tthat just tells me how he's feeling about himself, at least in her class. She is going to drive him over the edge if she keeps on. I wouldn't be able to stand going to a class with a teacher who's acting this way- obviously he's had to have picked up on how she feels. I keep trying to ask them- why are they not concentrating more on his F's than on behavior that is not a violation of conduct. Are these reports supposed to scare the principal and whatever specialist we might be lucky enough to get? Oh, and let's remember here- difficult child has a psychiatrist, a therapist, a guardian ad litem, a probation officer, and me- none of us see any signs now or for the past 9 mos that difficult child is unstable enough to be a danger. But, this one and only teacher, who can't even pay enough attention to difficult child to make sure he leaves with homework assignments or check (or have aide check) to see that he's staying on track in class- yes, this person is saving the school, if not the world, becuase she apparently is trying to tell everyone that she sees signs that he's a danger to everyone. I know I can't write and send a letter to them- but boy I want to. I wouldn't divulge all difficult child's personal history to someone like that though. But, I'd like to- then say "now, are there any other fears or concerns you have that are interfering with your ability to teach my child and focus on his education - if so, then I suggest you either quickly educate yourself about mood disorders or find another science class for him to be changed to". I know- this is a long vent- I don't blame anyone who didn't make it through!! LOL! Does anyone know if the director of Special Education has to respond to this request and if there is any time limit? The state doe website suggests also asking for a one-on-one meeting with the director. Any thoughts on that? Thanks, all!