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  •  Once when teaching k-3 self containted behavior... (12+ / 0-)

    There was concerning talk of budget cuts for my special education program.  I had a surprise visit from the district budget director who spent the morning as an active observer in my room.

    He caught us on a good day. We had the right mix of challenging behavior and effective interventions.  He participated in our circle sharing, assisted with academics, and observed several acting out episodes that were guided to effective interventions.
    We never heard from him again and our budget was untouched.

    I was pleased to see his interest but the question remains, what qualifications do bean counters have to evaluate special education programs for troubled children?

    A BD classroom has different seasons.
    He might have seen a delightful smooth functioning classroom and wondered, "why are we spending all this money on extra staff for these well behaved angels?"
    He might be exposed to the raw acting out hell of a BD classroom in full bloom, and thought the program inept.

    Experienced educators instantly grasp the classroom realities what money experts cannot begin to understand.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:40:38 AM PDT

    •  cut BD classes, and you have to spendmoney (5+ / 0-)

      to send the kids to private special ed schools that cost a lot more. NJ is now gearing up to make big cuts to special ed, mostly in the form of staff cuts. Under current code, there must be case managers of all special ed students and they must be on the child study team, and they must be in the employ of the local district. At first the state tried to pull off letting anyone in the building become case managers; parents showed up and complained at the state board meeting so now they have dropped it to special ed teachers and guidance counselors; the idea is to get rid of social workers and learning specialists on the teams who currently do case management, because it is expensive. The idea that case management is time consuming and cannot be done properly by others ( yes, i know most states use teachers as case managers, and not only does it cut into teaching time, in no way is it actually real case management either; true case management can't be done on a free period or two; you need an office and a phone; you need a car and time to do home visits ) is lost on the state officials, all appointed by Christie and out to do what he wants; cut spending in schools.  I have 24 years into the pension; next jan I will have 25. If this goes through I might have a job for another year or two but will still be too young for a pension, which is not that high in any case. I still have school aged children, but I am under no illusions; when this job goes, it will be over for me. I will be too old and too expensive, and too sick and tired, to find another job in education. i've seen my wife, a brilliant scientist with patents and publications, out of work for over a year, and I think her age may have a lot to do with it. This is one hard-assed world we are living in, and I am telling my kids to seek a future abroad ( my wife is a foreigner ) justlike my grandfather who left Italy in 1910 when things were unbearable there.

      •  The false economy of skimping on BD programs (0+ / 0-)

        is paid for in the tears of all the burned out teachers who must endure the ongoing acting out behavior which does not belong in a mainstream educational setting.
        Gutting BD programs is a significant penalty on the learning climate and emotional security of the school.  

        If cats could blog, they wouldn't

        by crystal eyes on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:02:33 PM PDT

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