OKAY the state of Arizona requires all SEI kids to have four hours of instruction with the SEI teacher. Basically, that's our entire day (without specials and lunch). Last I heard they are removing the SEI kids from our class lists, and putting them in self contained SEI classes. The "transitional" SEI kids only require two hours, but I don't know what is going to happen with them, the principal said she'll tell us soon so I don't think she knows yet either! But I think the SEI kids are going to be in our classrooms for the first couple weeks anyway so the SEI teachers can test them. I HATE that idea because they'll be a part of our class community and then yanked out. Ugh. Mostly, I'm upset because I don't think it's right. It's like segregation. Kids who are learning English are not going to learn English as well as they would being surrounded by English speakers! That social language comes before the academic! And why did they make all the teachers get SEI endorsements if we aren't going to be teaching SEI kids anyway? Since we get more and more SEI kids each year in our state, I think all teachers should be "SEI" teachers and the principals should just require all teachers to teach the SIOP model and use SEI strategies. Sure, a little more work for the teachers but I think that's what's best for our kids! I guess the silver lining is that I'm going to have about four less kids in my class, which is going to be AMAZING!