What do I need to know about case management and the impact of the proposed regulations?
- Case management:
- Is time consuming
- Should be left in the hands of child study team members who are licensed and have the specialized expertise for that responsibility
- Is more than just filling out paperwork – it is the development, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of a student’s IEP
- Case managers advocate for special education students and their families by serving as the liaison between teachers, the school, and the community. On many occasions, if a student is having a difficult time, the only person they want to work with is their case manager.
- Special education teachers do not have a one-size fits all role. Depending on the special education population, they might be assigned to teach in a self-contained classroom, a resource classroom, or a supplemental classroom. Requiring these teachers to also serve as case managers will distract/diminish the time they will have to work with students in the classroom.
- Guidance counselors already work with all of the students in a school building on a daily basis. Requiring them to serve as case managers will take time away from their responsibilities.
- This code change insinuates that special education teachers and guidance counselors have more time in their schedule to perform the role of case manager. It diminishes the importance of these positions in the school community.
- By naming special education teachers and guidance counselors as case managers, it opens the door to dismantling the child study team as New Jersey now knows it. Over time this could mean eliminating the roles of LDTCs and Social Workers as part of the CST.