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Old 06-10-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Does anyone have any resources or information that spells out what the laws/rules are for special ed teachers working with students in an RTI format that are not identified special ed?

All the research and information talks about blending the lines and having quality instructors no matter what title working with students. I understand that students with IEPs need to have direct instruction at their level to meet their minutes with a special education teacher. Our special ed teachers used to work with other students for interventions if they fit with the what they were doing for a student with an IEP. We looked at it as a quality intervention and gave our sped. teacher a chance to work with these children who possibly could be tested if they did not make progress with the interventions. Last year, when our principal left, this all changed. Now our special ed teachers only work with kids that have IEPs regardless of the needs of the student, but they do want those kids to participate in all the intervention groups as well.

I'm the new RTI specialist at our school and want to make sure we are doing what is best for all students who need interventions and following the law/rules set out the government.

Thanks for your help!


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Old 06-10-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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I have never seen any RtI information that prohibits a SpEd teacher from providing instruction to a GenEd student. The change on your campus has probably come about due to funding issues. Federal law requires that SpEd teachers can be paid with SpEd funds only if they are working with SpEd students. Thus, if a SpEd teacher works with 5 SpEd students in an hour, the teacher can be paid with SpEd money. If 2 of those 5 are GenEd students, the district can only use SpEd money for 3/5 of the salary, and must make up the other 2/5 from state/local/Title funds. So, SpEd teachers can certainly instruct GenEd students, but the teacher, campus administrator, and central administrators must keep track of the teacher's "time & effort" (yes, there are special forms just for this!) and the salary difference has to be made up. The funding hasn't kept up with the intent of RtI.
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Thanks beachygrl
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Thanks for the info. That would explain the changes and why administration has made some of these 'rules'.
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