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71. We had a presentation by the district lawyer about sped
All the regs, parents' rights, kids' rights, etc. and what would happen if we didn't follow the IEP to the fucking letter. This year our class sizes have increased by 20-30% but we're suppoed to follow that IEP - even if it means not teaching the other 35-40 kids in the class. What if a teacher has more than one sped kid in a class and the accommodations "conflict?" What if a student needs to have a test read to him or her, when is the teacher supposed to do that? Stop the class and read to that one student? Read the test to that one kid while the rest try to concentrate (and who is proctoring to be sure the kids aren't cheating?)? The sped department says yes, implying that they only students who matter are those with IEPs.

The lawyer threw out a couple of lines about judges understanding the burdens teachers face but still, if we don't follow the IEP - even though the district's overcrowding make it impossible to do so - we're gonna get sued.

Now the sped department has been militarized and has been demanding the unreasonable and teachers are rebelling. One said, "Well call your lawyers and sue me." Caught in the middle of course are the kids who need help and we want to help them but also have 35+ other students who need our attention. What do we do? The situation is untenable and going to get worse as the Legislature cuts even more education funding - which means fewer teachers and more overcrowding. One solution is to force charter schools to accept their share of sped students instead of turning a blind eye to their exclusion. But that won't happen here when many Legislators either own charter schools or have families who do or sit on their boards.

We're screwn.
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  - Ah. PD. The worst part of the job, hands-down.  knitter4democracy   Aug-27-10 11:16 PM   #1 
  - Sadest thing is that there's so much poential...  Fearless   Aug-27-10 11:28 PM   #4 
  - That's what gets me grumpy every time.  knitter4democracy   Aug-29-10 12:18 PM   #65 
     - There's nothing wrong with it.  Fearless   Aug-29-10 07:50 PM   #76 
  - Ah, a use for pencil sharpening 101, eye stabbing.  MadHound   Aug-27-10 11:34 PM   #6 
  - Heh heh!! Nice one, MadHound.  bertman   Aug-28-10 02:02 PM   #23 
  - Okay, I've been rendered curious...  Posteritatis   Aug-28-10 03:13 PM   #28 
  - Oh, this one's good!  knitter4democracy   Aug-29-10 12:21 PM   #67 
     - I think their definitions caused me to lose IQ points. (nt)  Posteritatis   Aug-30-10 02:33 PM   #77 
  - Not always! Our district has some fabulous PD. We love it n/t  RayOfHope   Aug-28-10 04:10 PM   #34 
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  - Wow, that's just sad.  MadHound   Aug-27-10 11:19 PM   #2 
  - K&R what a waste of time and money  maryf   Aug-27-10 11:25 PM   #3 
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  - lol we had pep rallies for the FCAT. Press was there to record it.  madfloridian   Aug-27-10 11:45 PM   #9 
  - Amen. Let us work in our rooms ACTUALLY preparing for TEACHING!  southerncrone   Aug-28-10 01:14 AM   #13 
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     - OMG Laura the pretend teacher/librarian.  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-28-10 08:30 PM   #49 
        - Yep. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Bushbot) introduced her  Ishoutandscream2   Aug-28-10 08:52 PM   #54 
  - Coming up next week:  LWolf   Aug-27-10 11:41 PM   #8 
  - My friend's first day on the job would make an opening scene in a comedy  SoCalDem   Aug-28-10 12:06 AM   #10 
  - Great story. Thanks for sharing.  madfloridian   Aug-28-10 12:18 AM   #11 
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  - I was just going to say that  lolly   Aug-28-10 01:16 AM   #14 
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  - smells like corruption to me.  Odin2005   Aug-28-10 04:08 PM   #33 
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  - .....  madfloridian   Aug-28-10 11:16 AM   #15 
  - Big deal to the companies that make $ off of it  lolly   Aug-28-10 01:57 PM   #20 
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  - That's what we had.  Jakes Progress   Aug-28-10 01:57 PM   #21 
  - Good new ideas are always welcome  lolly   Aug-28-10 02:05 PM   #24 
  - For me, faculty meetings  Iwillnevergiveup   Aug-28-10 01:42 PM   #19 
  - You mean you got food at faculty meetings?!?!  southerncrone   Aug-29-10 01:05 AM   #61 
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     - A New York teacher told me about something they did in a meeting  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-29-10 03:55 PM   #73 
  - It's a sad commentary on the state of 1) our estimation of the intelligence of  bertman   Aug-28-10 02:01 PM   #22 
  - Powerpoint brings on the stupid  lolly   Aug-28-10 02:11 PM   #25 
  - I so agree with you.  AngryOldDem   Aug-29-10 11:46 AM   #63 
  - One of the many reasons I left education....  Versailles   Aug-28-10 02:19 PM   #26 
  - lol well said.  madfloridian   Aug-28-10 03:05 PM   #27 
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  - The Mark of a Bad Principal  perdita9   Aug-28-10 04:01 PM   #30 
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  - Filling air time with unctious nonsense.  Orsino   Aug-28-10 04:06 PM   #32 
  - Complete waste of time! n/t  Daphne08   Aug-28-10 04:28 PM   #35 
  - Don't know why they need training to pass out worksheets  Jakes Progress   Aug-28-10 04:54 PM   #36 
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  - Last week, one of our district's sped specialists  Catshrink   Aug-28-10 05:25 PM   #39 
  - What, no heart stamps?  lolly   Aug-28-10 05:32 PM   #43 
     - And the print was really really tiny and filled up all the space on the slide.  Catshrink   Aug-28-10 05:47 PM   #44 
     - They're a good slide show organizer  lolly   Aug-29-10 12:58 AM   #60 
     - I've been to lots of training where real teachers were the presenters  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-28-10 08:29 PM   #48 
        - Amen to that!  Catshrink   Aug-28-10 08:49 PM   #52 
           - We had an outstanding PD session yesterday  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-28-10 09:23 PM   #58 
  - Consultants - in education and otherwise  Catshrink   Aug-28-10 05:27 PM   #40 
  - k&r  Swamp Rat   Aug-28-10 05:30 PM   #41 
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  - K & R  Dinger   Aug-28-10 07:52 PM   #47 
  - What ever happened to teaching?  northofdenali   Aug-28-10 08:36 PM   #51 
  - You mean that thing I do every day?  Catshrink   Aug-28-10 08:51 PM   #53 
     - Ain't that the truth??  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-28-10 09:16 PM   #56 
     - hmm...  chervilant   Aug-29-10 05:36 AM   #62 
  - WNYC had an interestng show this AM - "Retesting Teachers"  BrklynLiberal   Aug-28-10 08:54 PM   #55 
  - Which documentary is this referring to?  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-28-10 09:17 PM   #57 
  - I have a theory about lack of respect for teachers being rooted in sexism.  Sparkly   Aug-29-10 12:10 PM   #64 
  - You're clueless  Stinky The Clown   Aug-29-10 12:19 PM   #66 
     - lol  madfloridian   Aug-29-10 12:34 PM   #70 
     - Actually I believe her  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-29-10 03:58 PM   #74 
  - We had a presentation by the district lawyer about sped  Catshrink   Aug-29-10 12:38 PM   #71 
  - That's one reaaon I'm glad I got out of teaching.  LostInAnomie   Aug-29-10 05:20 PM   #75 
  - "They read every word of every slide to us."  Javaman   Aug-30-10 02:53 PM   #78 

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