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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 1, September 2007

Special education policy and guidelines

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A team of three PSA members (SEA President Saima Fewster, LATA President Janice Neden, SEA member Marilyn Miller) and BCTF Researcher Charlie Naylor, have produced a new publication. Access the guide, Special Education Policy and Guidelines—the BCTF Guide, on the BCTF’s "Teaching to Diversity: web page at: bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Issues/Inclusive_education/

This BCTF guide shows the changes made to the special education manual and provides our analysis of some of the changes. The document provides more information about many changes that are not listed in the ministry’s two-page summary of the new policy and guidelines document, which is attached (with permission) as an appendix to the BCTF guide.

There are some positives in the new ministry policy and guidelines document (on the ministry web site at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialedppandg/toc.htm). As well as the specific changes to policy and guidelines that are identified in the BCTF guide, a brief discussion of implications is included. Issues and concerns are also stated.

One thing to bear in mind is that the ministry has planned future changes will be made on-line. We aim to monitor these and keep the BCTF guide current.

We have also obtained copies of the Ministry of Education’s (January 2007) "Special Education Services Category Checklists." These lists are used as criteria when audits are carried out on special education services in school districts.

A hard copy of both the BCTF guide and the ministry category checklists will be mailed to local offices. Please share this information and the web address to access the BCTF guide, with your members working in special education and learning assistance.

– Charlie Naylor

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