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1 Support Services Subcommittee Support Services 7/20/2012 1

2 School Psychologists School Social Workers School Speech-Language Pathologists Discussion about what is needed to make recommendations at the next meeting 2

3 All states are required to provide a free appropriate public education to all children residing in the state between the ages of 3 and 21, including children with disabilities. States receive federal grants to assist in providing special education and related services to all children with disabilities. 3

4 A child between ages 3 and 21 is considered to have a disability under IDEA if the child meets the eligibility criteria in any of the following areas and needs special education and related services: Autism spectrum disorder Deaf-blind Deaf/hard of hearing Emotional and behavioral disorder Intellectual disability (mild, moderate, severe, or profound) Orthopedic impairment Other health impairment Significant developmental delay Specific learning disability Speech-language impairment Traumatic brain injury Visual impairment 4

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6 School psychologists deal with the most disabling student learning and behavior problems through evaluation, consultation, and design of plans for resolving those problems. 6

7 Funding Ratio: 1:2,475 Total Earned Positions: Salary: $43,917 (Includes Retirement, Health and FICA-Medicare) plus T&E FY2013 Earnings (no T&E):$29,395,038 FY2013 Earnings (w/ T&E): $44,034,889 Per FTE: $17.74 Currently funded under Indirect Instruction - Central Administration 7

8 Actual Ratio 1:2,147 FY 2011 FTEs: 1,650,981 Total Local BOE School Psychologists: 769 Distribution of School Psychologists: 147 School Systems 33 Systems: 0 50 Systems: 1 Gwinnett County: 59 Head count data based on Open Georgia for FY

9 National Association of School Psychologists Generally, the ratio should not exceed 1:1,000. If school psychologists are providing comprehensive and preventative services, the ratio should not exceed 1:500/700. If school psychologists are assigned to work primarily with student populations that are intensive special needs, the ratio should be even lower. 9

10 South Carolina 1,443 Alabama 1,883 Tennessee 1,445 West Virginia 1,900 Delaware 1,476 Florida 2,181 North Carolina 1,496 Texas 2,203 Louisiana 1,543 Arkansas 2,333 Oklahoma 1,586 Georgia 2,873 Maryland 1,612 Mississippi 5,700 Virginia 1,772 United States 1,384 Kentucky 1,841 SREB 2,080 Data based on National Ass n of School Psychologist Membership Survey 10

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12 School social workers provide services related to a student s social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society. School social workers provide a link between home, school, and community. 12

13 Funding Ratio: 1:2,475 Total Earned Positions: Salary: $43,917 (Includes Retirement, Health and FICA-Medicare) plus T&E FY2013 Earnings (no T&E):$29,395,038 FY2013 Earnings (w/ T&E): $44,034,889 Per FTE: $17.74 Currently funded under Indirect Instruction - Central Administration 13

14 Actual Ratio:1:3,018 FY2011 FTEs:1,650,981 Total Local BOE School Social Workers: 547 Distribution of Social Workers: 137 School Systems and Mountain Education Center 43 Systems: 0 63 Systems: 1 Fulton County: 44 Head count data based on Open Georgia for FY

15 National Association of Social Workers 1:250 for general education students 1:50 when a social worker is providing services to students with intensive needs. 15

16 Average Number of Schools Served and School Settings Average Schools Served Urban (500,000+) Suburban Mid- Size City (50,00-500,000) Small Town (<20,000) Rural Florida 5 35% 18% 40% 4% 4% Georgia 5 8% 27% 24% 17% 24% Illinois 3 11% 50% 14% 14% 11% Iowa 5 3% 3% 37% 25% 31% Kansas 3 16% 26% 40% 9% 10% Minnesota 3 24% 29% 5% 13% 29% Missouri 4 34% 31% 12% 10% 12% North Carolina 4 2% 2% 29% 31% 35% Texas 6 44% 6% 36% 6% 9% Wisconsin 6 27% 16% 43% 8% 6% US 4 22% 26% 25% 13% 15% 2008 National School Social Work Survey 16

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18 Category I: self-contained specific learning disabled and self-contained speech-language disordered Category II: mildly mentally disabled Category III: behavior disordered, moderately and severely mentally disabled, resourced specific learning disabled, resourced speech-language disordered, selfcontained hearing impaired and deaf, self-contained hearing orthopedically disabled, and self-contained other health impaired Category IV: deaf-blind, profoundly mentally disabled, visually impaired and blind, resource hearing impaired and deaf, resourced orthopedically disabled and resourced other health impaired Category V: special education students whose IEP specify specifically designed instruction, aids, or services in alternative placements, in the least restrictive environment Category VI: intellectually gifted 18

19 The terms resourced and self-contained are no longer an adequate description of the manner and location in which students receive special education services. The determination as to which category a disabled student is classified is now based on the number of segments for which that student receives special education services. Resourced: 1-3 segments Self Contained: 4 6 segments An inclusion student, who is served in a regular classroom setting, may be classified as either. 19

20 Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Work with students in special education Categories I and III. 20

21 There is currently no funding ratio for Speech- Language Pathologists in the QBE formula. Speech-language services are primarily funded under Categories I and III for students with a speech-language impairment. Additional funding for speech language services is earned based on the number of students that qualify for Special Education Supplemental Speech funds. 21

22 A student will qualify for the additional funds if he or she: Receives at least 4 segments of non-speech special education services in a single category; and Also receives speech services for less than ½ of a segment. Each supplement is about $502 This is equal to 1/3 of the direct instruction funding within a Category III segment. 22

23 Salary: $43,917 (Includes Retirement, Health and FICA-Medicare) plus T&E Total FY2013 Earnings: $689,076,056 Category I Teacher Earnings: $32,951,635 $21,998,879 + T&E Category III Teacher Earnings: $650,495,520 $434,278,007 + T&E Special Ed Supplemental Speech: $5,628,901 RESAs/State Schools: $3,103,368 Category III: $2,071,843 + T&E 23

24 FY2013 Special Ed Leadership: $58,971,781 Leadership funds are for the coordination of special education services in each school district. Any remaining funds may be used for the implementation of special education services, including speech services. FY2013 Special Education Itinerant:$1,238,493 Itinerant funds are used to compensate special education service providers who work in multiple locations. The funds are intended to account for the time spent traveling between locations rather than teaching a segment. 24

25 Self-Contained Speech-Language Impairments Caseload: 15 Resource Speech Language Impairments Caseload: 55 1 Case = 1 Student 25

26 Actual Student Numbers All Special Education : 179,423 Speech Language Special Education: 85,514 46% of all special education students Total Local BOE SLPs: 1,882 Distribution of SLPs: 168 School Systems 12 Systems: 0 25 Systems: 1 Cobb County: 269 Head count data based on Open Georgia for FY

27 American Speech-Language Language-Hearing Association Support a workload approach with the specific number of children served by an SLP varying, depending on the needs of each child. 27

28 Median Monthly Caseload Size of School-Based SLPs Arkansas 40 Texas 50 Maryland 43 Alabama 50* Mississippi 45 Delaware 54 Georgia 46 Virginia 56 Louisiana 46 Kentucky 59 North Carolina 47 Tennessee 60 South Carolina 48 Florida 65 West Virginia 49 United States 49 Oklahoma 50 SREB ASHA Schools Survey *Alabama median is based on responses to 2006 survey, due to an inadequate number of responses in

29 What scenarios would you like to see more in depth information/presentations on at our next meeting? 29

30 August 13 10:00am, 415 CLOB Recommendations on School Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists; Begin Media August 28 10:00am (606 CLOB) Recommendations on Media; Begin Nutrition 1:00pm (606 CLOB) Joint meeting with Subcommittee #1 on funding proportions September 13 9:00am, 415 CLOB Recommendations on Nutrition 30

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