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Special Education/Special Ed Preschool Student-Teacher ratios (California)


textbooks wrote at 2015-02-28 14:56:20
I am a Preschool Special Education teacher for 20 years. I have always been told that our ratio is based on need. Documentation required to prove that there is a need for a smaller ratio is impossible. Every time data is reviewed teachers are told to try a new intervention. This year things changed. We were told that we finally have a ratio and that it is 18 to 1, same as Kindergarten.  

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Tim Runner


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I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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