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    By Cathy-Dee

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    I'm with you on this one. Unfortunately sometimes when you do a great job dealing with special needs students in your classroom everyone wants to let you deal with all the kids who are on IEPS. However you are right in that you have a classroom of children and at this time you are already loaded with enough different needs.

    Will it hurt you to have reacted this way? Only if your principal is not a reasonable administrator. A good administrator will appreciate any teacher who knows their limits and is not afraid to state that for this student the best thing would be..... Offering a compromise may also work to your advantage. Since I have 1 less student, I don't mind having a child who is not on a IEP moved from one of the other classrooms to my room so that this new child can be placed in that classroom. This would keep the numbers even and continue to maintain a ratio of special needs students in your classroom you feel comfortable handling.

    I also agree with the poster who mentioned that your argument in writing might be a good way to go. You explained your situation and feelings very professionally in your post. Perhaps just rewrite it as a memo or letter for your team leader and just leave out the few parts that she might be "hurt or offended" by.

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