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School Staffing Growing Significantly Faster Than Enrollment, Friedman Foundation Finds

Words Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 8:51 AM
It's amazing how big the special needs programs have grown. When I was in grade school there was one class where the special needs students were grouped together. They didn't do the best job, and some students didn't belong in that room. Things needed to improve. Now we have gone SO FAR the other direction. The special needs children are integrated with the regular students in our school. In order to have a moderate/severe autistic student in a regular classroom requires a one on one aide for the student. Because our grade school was the magnet for the special needs students, there were sometimes several aides in one class.
Words Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 8:57 AM
Despite each special needs student having a one on one aide, they still had a hard time managing their ONE student. They still couldn't stop some of the more violent special needs students from physically assaulting the other students in class. It was disruptive at times to the entire class, although I will say I'm glad my children had that experience as it has helped them understand and help those with special needs.
kitekrazy Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 10:21 AM
At the same time it is political correctness that allows for these situations.

A new report by the Friedman Foundation shows hiring of administrative and support staff in government schools has grown seven times faster than student enrollment over the last several decades.

The group found:

“America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent. Public schools grew staffing at a rate four...