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Thursday, April 18, 2013

As you know, I teach children on the autism spectrum in a self contained setting. I have ten students this year and have worked very hard, along with my facilitator, to get paraprofessional help to support several of my students in a resource setting. I have four students out of my room from 2 segments to 4 segments of the day. This would not be happening without the support of the paraprofessional. It is written in the IEP. The school hired two paraprofessionals in January to make this happen.
I have the K - 3 kids. Another teacher has 3 -6th grades. She is moving four of her students up to middle school and will take 4 or 5 of mine next year.
Yesterday, while in the middle of standardized testing week, which my students do not take but because the resource teachers are giving the test, it messes up my class's schedule big time. Students who go to resource can't go, so I have ten students in my room all day and have to make sure they all have something to do.
Now that you have that picture, the day started with me explaining to one student that because of the schedule he would not have PE and so he melted down big time. Refused to work at all, tried to remove clothing, threw things, ect.
Towards the end of the day, I receive an email that informs me I might be getting a new student from a neighboring county because the family is moving. We don't know if this move will be before the end of the current school year of the beginning of the next school year.
To top it off, and the reason for the title of this blog, we found out that the two paraprofessionals hired in January won't be returning next year due to budget cuts. So we have students who need them, a total of 15 students between the two classrooms and two fewer paras. I have 1 full time para in my class of 10 students, the other has 1 full time para and 1 para for 1 student, and there are 2 paras to support the other special needs students in the general education classes.
Something is going to fall apart big time.
Thanks for listening to the rant.
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    Things like that are going on in my district too. The teachers are in agreement that something tragic is going to happen because of all the reductions. It is not a matter of "if" anymore, it is "when"
    1518 days ago
    I have to agree with everyone else's comments. And you can go on and rant here because you are among people who love and support you. I know this is tough and I can't say everything will turn out rosy, I just know you will reach deep down inside and find that voice that says, "No Way". Keep letting us know what you need. Every prayer is answered, we just don't know when or how~so it helps to keep at it.


    1528 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear this awful news!! .............. I will pray too ........ and it is obvious the needs of these children are special and vitally important to having their needs met! I so feel for you and bless that poor little guy who got so upset over PE ........ (How I can understand ......... you simply can't pin a child down ..... they need to move about on the playground and have their physical education .......... emoticon
    1529 days ago
    My daughter teaches the same population you do; these problems are everywhere! The kids that need it the most get hit the hardest. They are skirting the law if they aren't providing the needed paras. Just get yourself through this year, you and I know things can change a lot before next year! Hugs. Those kids need angels like you!
    1531 days ago
    Hope things will get better
    1531 days ago
    emoticon I'm sorry things are rough. Maybe they will see the error of their ways and rehire the paras. For years my program could only have 2 paras and then they would hire 1 or 2 because of student needs and then lay them off at the end of the year only to hire someone new in the fall or winter. This eventually stopped when they realized how silly this was, but the budget keeps getting tighter and tighter and we are just holding our breath that this won't be the year they cut support staff.
    1531 days ago
    I can so identify with this problem and it is happening all over many states. I do hope you can get the assistance you need next year. It is imperative that you have ones to assist you that know what they are doing.

    Everything seems to boil down to money any more not what is best for the teachers and students.

    1531 days ago
    I have wonderful paras and I have 5 of them just for my 7 students. That will be cut down to 5 next year. They spend over half of their day in gen. ed. and need them for that support (as you know). I couldn't do my job without them. I hope something changes in your situation.
    1531 days ago
    Those in charge must be clueless to the need for qualified professionals. All for the sake of money.
    1531 days ago
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    Your situation is definitely in danger. You need help, and the gov't is deciding to take that help away from you. I feel for you, I will pray. And I don't mind listening. That's what I am here for. God bless you.
    1531 days ago
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