Reducing burdensome paperwork for special education teachers

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A bipartisan coalition of senators introduced a series of reforms this week to strengthen Minnesota’s special education policies, put the focus back on students, keep teachers in the classroom, and save school districts money in the process. The reforms are designed to reduce burdensome administrative requirements for special education teachers to give them more time in the classrooms with their students and less time on paperwork.

If enacted, the reforms expect to save special education teachers up to fifty-two hours of paperwork per student every year, or up to nineteen weeks for a class of fifteen students. Supporters say the bills will make a real impact by providing students more personal interaction with their teachers and help special education teachers focus on meeting students’ needs.