Policy 427 - Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers
The purpose of this policy is to establish general parameters for determining the workload limits of special education staff who provide services to children with disabilities receiving direct special education services 60 percent or less of the instructional day.
A. Special Education Staff; Special Education Teacher “Special education staff” and “special education teacher” both mean a teacher employed by the school district who is licensed under the rules of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to instruct children with specific disabling conditions.
B. Direct Services
“Direct services” means special education services provided by a special education teacher when the services are related to instruction, including cooperative teaching.
C. Indirect Services
“Indirect services” means special education services provided by a special education teacher which include ongoing progress reviews; cooperative planning; consultation; demonstration teaching; modification and adaptation of the environment, curriculum, materials, or equipment; and direct contact with children with disabilities to monitor and observe.
“Workload” means a special education teacher’s total number of minutes required for all due process responsibilities, including direct and indirect services, evaluation and reevaluation time, management of individualized education programs (IEPs), travel time, parental contact, and other services required in the IEPs.
III. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. Workload limits for special education teachers shall be determined by the appropriate special education administrator, in consultation with the building principal and the superintendent.
B. In determining workload limits for special education staff, the school district shall take into consideration the following factors: student contact minutes, evaluation and reevaluation time, indirect services, management of IEPs, travel time, and other services required in the IEPs of eligible students.
IV. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT UNAFFECTED
This policy shall not be construed as a reopening of negotiations between the school district and the special education teachers’ exclusive representative, nor shall it be construed to alter or limit in any way the managerial rights or other authority of the school district set forth in the Public Employment Labor Relations Act or in the collective bargaining agreement between the school district and the special education teachers’ exclusive representative.
- Minn. Stat. § 179A.07, Subd. 1 (Inherent Managerial Policy)
- Minn. Rule 3525.0210, Subps. 14, 27, 44, and 49 (Definitions of “Direct Services,” “Indirect Services,” “Teacher,” and “Workload”)
- Minn. Rule 3525.2340, Subp. 4.B. (Caseloads for School-Age Educational Service Alternatives)
- MSBA/MASA Model Policy 508 (Extended School Year for Certain Students with Individualized Education Programs)
- MSBA/MASA Model Policy 608 (Instructional Services – Special Education)
Adopted: August 4, 2015
Revised: September 6, 2016
Revised: October 16, 2018
Revised: May 18, 2021