How to change teachers in public middle school
Hi, all. I need some advice about how to navigate the public school infrastructure to help my daughter. In short, she needs to move to a different class and I'm hoping someone can offer suggestions for how to best approach this issue.
My daughter is attending a public middle school for the first time after previously attending a private school. Overall, the experience has been great for her! However, she's got one teacher who has not worked out so far. My wife and I have met with the principal on two different occasions about 3-months apart. The first meeting happened after just about a week into the school year, when we got the sense that there was going to be a problem. (And by problem, I mean that the teacher is not equipped to handle middle school kids. She's just moved from teaching young kids in early elementary school. When she recommended that the middle school class read "chapter books" we got the sense that something might be off. That was just a very mild example.) The principal acknowledged that the teacher was on their radar. At the first meeting, the principal indicated that they were going to monitor this teacher's class, provide guidance, and generally work with the teacher to try to improve things. Three months later, nothing has changed, and the principal is giving us the exact same answer with no real plan to help my daughter. They're only focused on making this teacher a better teacher, which will probably take a few years, and this process comes at the expense of my daughter's education.
This teacher is the only one at this grade level having this issue. Since my child came into the school somewhat advanced, she's been coasting and really not learning anything. The teacher is struggling to address the average student, and seems to be trying to help the struggling students, but is leaving the kids who are a little ahead to their own devices. By the time my daughter starts next year, she'll have basically wasted this year without being challenged unless we do something. My wife and I were hoping the principal would help us work towards switching my daughter to a teacher with a little more experience who would have the capacity to challenge the more advanced kids. However, it seems the principal is concerned that moving my daughter might trigger an avalanche.
Since the principal basically gave us no alternatives, it feels like our hands are tied. Anyone know the workings of the school system well enough to suggest how we might try to escalate this request to move my daughter? It seems like aiming for the start of next semester would be an ideal time to make a move. We have to act now if we're going to make that happen. I really appreciate any suggestions!
(I've attempted to write this post so that the teacher and school could not be easily identified. I'm not trying to shame the teacher...just want the best outcome for my daughter. That's also why I chose to hide my username...Thanks!)