Ok, so I recently moved to MD, and while I realize that special education systems are different depending on state and even county regulations, I assume they still must follow the same federal guidelines. Anyway, at my new school, after reviewing my caseload, I noticed several students had very high amounts of service time (i.e.-minutes). For example, one student is currently receiving 15 hours of services a week in the general education classroom with the primary provider as "Special Education Classroom Teacher." My problem lies with his schedule, as he is only in one co-taught class (90 minute block, every other day) and one resource class (same thing). When I brought this to the attention of my department chair, I was informed that paraprofessionals are in his other three content area classes providing services. I explained that they cannot count towards the minutes of an IEP, much less, it specifically states a special education classroom teacher is the person accountable for documentation as well as delivery (definition of provider). What do I do? I just moved here and am already shaking things up in the school, but I feel like am I being asked to be not only unethical, but falsify documents (as I would have to sign IEPs with minutes I knew were incorrect). I don't know what to do or who to go to. I've only been here a week, so I'm scared of being blacklisted. But I also feel like I cannot possible do my job effectively if this child requires this amount of service and I'm not there providing it. Please some one tell me I am wrong and paraprofessionals can in Maryland...? I have looked for regulations but have come up short. And if I am right, where should I go from here?