So went to open house last week and DS is in a combined class. Sorry forget the term they used and keep thinking its emmersion but I know thats for language not special ed, but anyway his class has a general ed and a special ed teacher. Now that I know of there has never been a seperate class for special ed kids at least in the younger grades at his school. He is my oldest so each year its totally new for me. DS is on an IEP and goes to OT and PT and not officially for reading but we have tested and retested. The special ed teacher works with mostly the IEP kids but does help out with the other ones so its not glarinly obvious which kids are special ed. I'm excited because part of my issue last year was his teacher was NOT IEP friendly. Now when school ended last year and they got assignments it was not made known to parents this was the set up. When DS came home day 1 and said I have 2 teachers assumed student teacher. Not sure if this is a new set up again since I have never had a kid go through the schools yet. He did say his is the only class with 2 and I wonder will this be his set up going foward?!?!? or at least for the next 2 years until he starts middle school (same school we are k-8 but they start going to different periods in the 6th or 7th grade)
Anyway will be interesting to see how the year goes. Last year was a bust and his teacher kept saying wait until 4th grade its a HUGE adjustment and even in his IEP meetings we had last year (have been going twice a year since we always end up retesting his reading) the agreed and no one mentioned this set up. As a state we waived out of NCLB and we adopted the core standards so they are making changes so wondering if its something new and hopefully its a good change. Think he needs a good year of school so he is more excited about it!!