I used to run the RtI program at my old school. I was by no means perfect at it and had to really "learn along the way" but I feel like I can say that I have a good grasp on it. I'm on the committee at my new school, but as a new teacher don't have much sway. We are a title 1 school and get funding for it, but the school has chosen to spend that money on instructional coaches rather than interventionists. We do have two teachers running interventions as well as coaching, but they are required to pull the "high partially proficient" kids (aka kids who have the best chance of passing the state test this year) for interventions leaving no resources for the lower students. This morning we were talking about what each of the tiers actually looks like. The AP who runs the team was saying that the purpose of RtI is to prevent a sped label, and I don't even think that part is true at all. Then we were asking about how interventions for tier 2 and tier 3 were going to work. These are all up to classroom teachers because the school "doesn't have the resources." Tier 3 is expected to be at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. However, we can't "take instructional time" to do this even if you think that you can somehow fit in to the regular school day. We are supposed to give up our planning or meet with kids before/after school to do these tier 2 and tier 3 interventions. Of course that means all the planning and documentation is up to us too. The AP knows that she can't "force" people to give up planning or work non-contract hours, so she made a big speech about this was a "personal moral and ethical decision" about how much we were "willing to give to the kids," and if we decided we were only going to "give" our 8 hour contract day, well then our kids will only get tier 1. At my last school classroom teachers were only responsible for documenting tier 1 and I could barely get them to do that. I would love to see what would have happened had someone proposed this. The other teachers on the RtI team didn't seem to think what the AP was saying was that big of a deal. I was telling my team about it and they completely freaked out, but two of them are really high up in the union so it's part of their job to "freak out" about things like this. I'm certainly not pleased with it. Would this actually go over at your school?