Our state DOE (using the same part of their anatomy that Sarge referred to in another thread) has decided that in the near future all self contained special ed classes will be abolished and those students placed in the gen ed classes and required to do grade level material. SPED teachers who don't have gen ed certification will be out of a job. So, we have spent countless years trying to meet the needs of children who never will be able to perform at grade level and now these precious students are going to be thrown away because someone at the DOE says this is the way to accomplish NCLB and to prove that all students in this state are proficient. Their theory, I guess, is that if the SPED classes don't exist, that means there are no students working below grade level. All I can say is that in my 36 years working with children, this is probably the most idiotic thing I have ever seen come down the pike. I'm glad I am retiring soon!