SLP Caseload Management in Iowa

On September 14, 2010, the Iowa City Press Citizen reported the U. S. Department of Education is seeking to determine why there are so many black children in the Iowa City district special education department.  Audits from the 2004-2005 school year “…indicated although black students made up only 12 percent of the student population, they made up 40 percent of all students with Individualized Education Plans.”

Assistant Superintendent Ann Feldmann “…said the disproportionate number of black students in special education is not a result of teachers giving up on students experiencing problems or having behavioral issues. Teachers simply want to get students in need hooked up with better resources, she said.”  She expressed the view that more black children need to be educated within general education. 

One surmises district SLPs have a chance to reduce their caseloads by reviewing their placement criteria and recommendations.  They should receive administrative support.

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