NEA will advocate for limitations on class sizes, caseloads/workloads, and proportions of classes with students with special needs by creating and distributing model language for state legislation. Through the creation of common guidelines, this language will address at least the following factors/characteristics: age/grade level, educational setting, presence or paraeducators, type of service, federal disability categories, a full continuum of services, and severity of disability.

Rationale/Background

When the number of students with special needs in a given class exceeds natural school proportions, the quality of services provided to all students declines.

Contact

William Dishman - FL

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $25,000.