# of TA's to # of students ?

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  1. vateacher757

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    This has been bugging me since before school ended...now we are about to start.

    I am a 2nd year Special Ed teacher but what I teach is different - I am in transitional services and we have selected high school special ed students who we "teach" proper work behaviors. These studnets come from various school divisons to our location. We have 1 morning session of students and 1 afternoon session of students.

    There are ranges of disabilities as well as levels - LD, Mr, Autistic, ED etc.

    We basically are set up as 3 businesses(2 now due to budget cuts) the students do everything. We start in one room and then split up and are in two separate rooms divided by a wall.

    Last year there were 2 Teachers and 2 TA's (a TA with each teacher).

    We averaged, once we split, 10 students each. One section works in the kitchen setting making items(from scratch) for sale - using knives, the stove, cash register etc etc. The other section works in a woodshop environment using saws, power tools etc etc. They make anything from wooden name plates, clocks, key chains etc etc.

    As a side note, we hold open house in late October after th students have gotten up and running and have made things so that when their parents come they can actually see finished products...if we did it before hand many parents would either be afraid their child may hurt themselvs or that their child is not capable.

    Anyway.....due to budget cuts and some of our school divisions stating they were cutting the number of students they would be sending this school year we lost 1 of our TA's to another area.

    Well here we are about to start tomorrow and the number of students we are expecting it the same number we had last year with 2 TA's.

    I have searched and searched for some kind of rule about the number of TA's per students but can not find anything. I am in VA. Does anyone know if we are in compliance with just 1 TA?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. anewstart101

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    I dont know the rules but I have six students

    diagnosed with autism and severe emotional disturbance

    I have four full time paras ---and three part time paras

    my kids are severe
     
  4. Proud2BATeacher

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    I have 6 students, all with mild to moderate cognitive delays and severe emotional/behavioral disabilities. I have 2 assistants. I can go up to 10 students and I will still only get 2 assistants. I do know in my school district, the more severe the students, the smaller the class size. The amount of TAs dependent on how much the principal wants to fight for more.
     
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    Thanks!

    I kinda thought that we should have more than one TA based on the total number of students and severity of disabilities.
     
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    I have 3 paras and 8 kids with severe/profound multiple disabilities. We do NOT have enough help in my room in my opinion.
     
  7. teachersk

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    I have two 1:1 paras for my most severe kids, and one classroom para for the other six. The law in NJ is 3:1 (for autistic classes).

    My class has 8 kids total- severe/profound setting.
     
  8. swansong1

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    In my area, my class has averaged as high as 35 students and as low as 15. I teach mild to severe disabilities and my assistant and I have always been the only ones in the room. I have never been able to find the info you are looking for, either.
     
  9. vateacher757

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    It appears to be a well guarded secret, :lol:

    In my prior life, before teaching, I worked in claims so liability is always the first thing that comes to my mind in any situation. I am very concerned about this.
     
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    I am also concerned about liability. I set my classroom up so that both of us can see every student no matter where they are in the room. We go over routines ad nauseum so our children know automatically what to do for almost any situation we might face, We never place ourselves alone with one student in the room.
    I think lots of our protection is establishing a trusting relationship with our parents. That is easier for us because we have our students for several years.
    My assistant and I have been together for so long that our class almost runs automatically. It certainly helps that we can read each other's minds when situations arise!
     

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