WCSD to cut 5 special education positions

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Updated: 4/25/2013 6:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County School District says that, due to sequestration, five special education teacher positions will be cut. 

They released this statement:

“Due to sequestration, there will be impacts on the District budget, and some of those impacts will involve cutting the budget and reducing a total of five special education positions. However, services for students with autism are NOT being eliminated, and the needs of these students will still be addressed as we reorganize the department to accommodate the staffing changes. The situation is somewhat dynamic at this point, but even though our manpower is being impacted because of sequestration, students with autism will still receive the services they need from WCSD.”

News 4 has put a call in, asking how children with special needs will be served adequately when there are less teachers to care for them. We are still waiting for a call back.
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amarob95 - 4/26/2013 11:42 AM
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How many regular education teachers' positions are also cut. Is that cut affecting ONLY SPECIAL NEEDS? Interesting Maria Hrabowski

Momof2 - 4/26/2013 8:23 AM
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The average special education support person makes about $10,000 a year and no benefits. The avarege administrator makes over $115,000 plus full benefits. By my math if we eliminate 1 underperforming administrator, we could ADD 5 support people instead. That's the problem with WCSD they don't teach logic, or use it!

tonysam - 4/25/2013 9:33 PM
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I hope they don't. The last thing we need is privatizing public education. I can just see outsourcing to a garbage private outfit. Unqualified teachers making very little money.

RJLarrieu - 4/25/2013 8:51 PM
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WCSD has an option of collaborating with a local private that specializes educating students on the Autism Spectrum. It would save the district a lot of $$$$!!!!

tonysam - 4/25/2013 7:27 PM
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Unfortunately this has to do with federal money. Special education is so important, but it becomes just another chip to trade away for political reasons. While what I suggest has nothing to do with federal dollars, I wish WCSD were more interested in getting rid of dead weight administrators, not move them around to have them bounce out current teachers.

Momof2 - 4/25/2013 5:09 PM
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So what WCSD is saying that kids with autism matter but kids with other disabilities don't. Kids with other disabilities are in classes called CLS. Those classes have taken multiple cuts over the last few years. It has gotten to the point where these classes are no longer safe, but those classes are going to take even more cuts. How about cutting sports teams and English language learner classes instead. Those are getting MORE money next year! Disgusting!

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