The Official Blog of the Independent Community of Educators, a caucus of the United Federation of Teachers
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
DOE-UFT SPECIAL ED AGREEMENT
Dear UFT Member,
During yet another challenging school year, our members who work with students with IEPs are again being called upon to perform additional responsibilities.
I am writing to share new information about an agreement between the DOE and the UFT regarding the implementation of the DOE’s academic recovery plan as it relates to students with IEPs. This agreement was developed to compensate you for your time preparing and developing Special Education Recovery Services Notices in SESIS and to prevent unreasonable workloads. I will also address a common question regarding the availability of testing accommodations during administration of the fall screeners.
Special Education Recovery Services Notices
The case manager for the student’s IEP is responsible for preparing the Special Education Recovery Services Notice, unless the case manager’s caseload is more than 30 students.
·If a case manager has more than 30 cases, the balance of the caseload will be assigned to other members of each student’s IEP team with the exception of general education teachers. Typically, the task will be completed by a related service provider. When the Special Education Recovery Services Notice for a particular child is developed at an IEP team meeting that requires the participation of the school psychologist, the case manager would be the school psychologist.
·Employees cannot be required to duplicate the notice or provide information contained in the notice in any other format or in any system other than SESIS.
·Those who prepare the Special Education Recovery Service Notices within the timelines will be paid up to two hours of per session (or applicable hourly rate) for each student.
The DOE has developed a webinar and step-by-step guide to assist you in completing the Special Education Recovery Services Notice in SESIS. Live webinars will be offered this Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Oct. 8, during school hours. The webinar will be available online for viewing afterwards, too. Information regarding the times for these webinars and the link for future viewing will be available on the DOE InfoHub on Oct. 12 and posted in the Students with Disabilities section of the UFT website shortly thereafter.
Use of accommodations during screeners
As with state exams, testing accommodations on students' IEPs or 504 plans should be implemented when the accommodation is permitted by the particular screener. Stated another way, the accommodation is available if the accommodation is BOTH stated on the student's IEP or 504 plan AND permitted by the particular screener. Providing an accommodation that is not permitted by either the student’s IEP or the screener invalidates the results.