How Much More Can Be Cut?
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.