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Special Needs Students
Question – I am sure you are overwhelmed with emails about the changing climate in our public schools. I have been a Special Education teacher in the district for 7 years. I am by no means a veteran teacher, but I can tell you that I love my job, love the kids, and am very grateful to work in such a supportive school district. I have chosen to work in challenging Title One schools, with challenging students. I have heard that we will now be given grades as schools, and soon be paid on the performance of our students. I really have just one question, what will that look like for Special Educators? This worries me because truly disabled kids make slower progress, beings why they are receiving special education. I really would hate to see a lot of amazing teachers go teach regular education on the east side, due to pay cuts to already sparse earnings. I really appreciate the opportunity to ask you this question. Thank you
Response – Great question! The USOE has a committee convened and meeting regularly to develop procedures. We absolutely expect that this committee to recognize circumstances of specific educational situations or students when developing performance measures. As we get additional information, we will be providing that to all of our employees. Thanks for the question.
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Question – I am a teacher at KHS. My concern is the size of the self-contained classes when you add another year of students. I currently have 12 students on my class list for next year. Adding 9th grade will add 3-4 students. Can the district promise added support in this era of budget cuts and withdrawal of needed support for special needs students?
Response – The Special Education Department staffs it’s programs based on the number of students assigned to the program and additional program needs in accordance with state caseload guidelines. As conditions change, the Special Education Department actively responds to changes that may result in additional needs on an individual basis. As such, appropriate levels of ongoing support for special needs students would not change based on a potential grade reconfiguration.
Thanks to the special education department for their assistance in responding to this question.