Hi everyone! I just found this site and am finding it very interesting. I teach 2 half day 3 year old classes 4 days a week at a private community nursery school. In both my morning and afternoon sessions of 14 children each I have 2 children each that have a SEIT(special ed. itinerant teacher.) In the past, occasionally I'll have one SEIT or a speech teacher coming in, but never this many people. Here's my question- Does anyone know if the school districts ever pay the school or the reg. ed. teacher additional $ for the extra work involved in having children with spec. needs in their classes? I realize that there are always children in the class that require additional support that have not been identified, but I'm talking about the additional work involved dealing with all these people. In order to make these inclusions successful, I need to meet with the SEITS on a regular basis. I have to participate in not only implementing their IEP's but making my own informal IEP's specifically to fit into our classroom routine. I attend district meetings for each of these children and meet with the parent's on a monthly basis formally, as well as frequent phone calls. I meet with the SEITS all the time! I am all for early intervention, I have had children leave my class at the end of the year no longer needing support. Although that does not happen frequently, getting extra support at an early age does seem to make a tremendous difference. Many of the SEITS are good, however even more of them are people that I would never personally hire to work at my school. Often times I end up having to train them. My gripe is that these teachers get paid a fortune- $60-70 per hour. If they're going to meet with the family, district, or me it's often during their paid time. I'm sorry to be rambling on. I feel frustrated and am hoping someone is in a similar situation that can offer me some support. Thanks!