SPED mtg at YCTA

posted Feb 21, 2012, 2:50 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Apr 22, 2013, 6:16 PM ]

Hello,

And so we begin a long weekend and the sun is shining.  I do hope you are able to enjoy the extra day for fun and relaxation.  I thank all of you who have taken the time to meet with me or email.

TWO ITEMS:

1.  AASE - autism - first.  Perhaps you are aware of the new AUTISM authorization.  Thanks to CTA, I have been aware of this upcoming change. I have been working with Doreen to determine the District response.  I attended the meeting recently at Sutter County Office of Ed.  The authorization is not required, but a student with a primary disability of autism cannot be assigned to a SPED teacher without the authorization.  YCTA will bargain the impacts and effects of this new authorization. More details below.

2.  ORGANIZING TO DOCUMENT THE ADDED WORKLOAD OF SPED.  Please use the attached time management sheets to provide me and the bargaining team with the data that will help us build the case for the increased workload that results for special education due to the mandates of IEP.  We have attempted to address this added burden at the bargaining table without success we have proposed remedies that range from providing more time to more money as well as addressing case load.  We need your help to build the case.  Our last proposal was an additional percent stipend for SPED teachers. 

Excerpts from the CTA Advisory:

As of July 2009, regulations creating Added Authorizations in Special Education (AASE) went into effect.  AASE are issued in six specific subject area: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blind, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impaired, and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Each authorization allows the holder to conduct assessments, and provide instruction and special education related services to individuals with the specific primary disability across the continuum of special education program options. 

 

The AASE requires the completion of a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved program.   The CTC has changed its requirements so that in the future an autism authorization will be embedded in all special education teaching credentials. 

 

The CTC has issued correspondence to districts stating that for teachers who hold an existing special education credential, it Is NOT MANDATORY to earn an AASE unless a teacher wishes (See http://www.ctc.ca.gov/notices/coded/2009/09  16.pdf).  At the same time, a teacher may not be assigned students with disabilities for which the teacher has no authorizing document; if this occurs the teacher is considered misassigned.  By October 2013 any special education teacher serving  students with autism as their primary disability must have an authorization for autism.


Information from Sutter County:

The SELPA will bring the training to our local area.  The $500 cost will be paid by the SELPA.  Most teachers (assumes you have worked with a autistic student) will be able to earn the added authorization by completing two classes (30 hours of seat time) this summer and observations this fall. 

Impacts on YCTA Members:

YCTA will negotiate.  Expect more information as we work through this process.  It serves the District for all SPED teachers to obtain this added authorization and we expect that they will work with us to address the issues associated with making that happen.

REMEMBER:  YOU CANNOT BE REQUIRED TO EARN THE AUTHORIZATION.  LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THIS WORK FOR ALL IMPACTED BY THE CHANGES.

Hang in there.  We will work together to address the concerns and interests of SPED teachers.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Dina

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Yuba City Teachers Association,
Feb 21, 2012, 2:50 PM
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