Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Copied from a recent Ravelry post:

First a little background info. My husband and I work at a school for kids with special needs, mainly learning disabilities and autism with a bit of EBD (emotional-behavioral disability) thrown in for flavor. I do music for first through twelfth grade as well as provide special ed services for 26 high school students. DH is a one-on-one for a non-verbal first grader with autism. DH was laid off in August prior to the beginning of the school year due to budget issues (I referenced this in a different post about house buying), but rehired shortly after the beginning of the year to work this particular student. The student was evaluated to determine the need for a one-on-one in about November because the result of his annual meeting and re-evaluation determined he needed one, but one was not called for in his plan. On a day to day basis, DH works individually with this one student, helping him with classwork as best he can and also implements a seperate curriculum that the teacher and he have come up with. The ONE time that the school district came in to observe the teacher (stupidly) had DH working with a group of students with his one student working independently on a computer. Dumb dumb dumb.

We just got word this morning that funding for the one-on-one has been denied by the district. Funding was denied based on that one observation and the student’s attendance record. This means DH has a job until the team can meet again to remove the one-on-one from the IEP, I assume there is a timeline for this, and then unless funding is found, he will be out of a job. There is the possibility that he can be evaluated after four weeks to check his progress and see how he is doing and that evaluation may re-determine the need for the one-on-one, but there is no guarantee on that. Our head of school is planning to talk with the accountants to see if there is funding to keep him around through the end of the year, but again, no guarantees on that. So it is entirely possible that DH will not have a job soon.
There goes the house and any sense of stability for the next however long. I’m so upset right now; I really thought things were settling down and we were going to be able to buy a house this summer and have a nursery and all those fun things everyone gets to do when they have a baby. Now we’re going to have to figure out what the heck to do with the cats and clean up the guest room and try to create some sort of workable situation for the soon-to-be three (or five, if you count the cats) of us.

Boo. Today is gonna be a really productive day…

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