> > I've not had an aide in my class EVER, > > and not had a special ed teacher help me in five years. I have had > > dozens of special ed kids included in classes of up to 37. > > > Have you tried ASKING for help? Demanding help puts the other party on > the defensive, and then you're not likely to get it.
"Asking" or "demanding" has nothing to do with it. If special education students are mainstreamed into regular classroom, federal law requires that regular classroom teachers be given assistance in the instruction of those children. Several states specifiy how many special education children may be in a classroom - if your classroom has enough mainstreamed students to constitute a special education class, you are entitled by law to certain helps. Teachers should not have to go hat-in -hand begging for what should be in their classroom by law.
At the risk of sounding like a rabble rouser, contact your union and file a grievance. This is a good opportunity for the parents of special education children to show that they are not simply an advesarial group, but will support teachers in getting them the help that teachers need to do the job required of them.