My friend, Patti, is a Special Ed Teacher. We went through the Special Ed Certification Program together at BYU. I was endorsed in Severe/Profound and she was endorsed in Mild/Moderate. Anyway, long story short, I don't teach at all. I did one year and decided it wasn't for me. Patti, on the other hand, has been teaching for close to 20 years. She keeps saying that if she can just hang in there for a few more years...then she can retire. I really can see why. Don't get me wrong, I love Special Ed. If it weren't for hoops you have to jump through and the politics and paperwork that I think is so ridiculous I'd be teaching right now! Because after all of that, where is the time for the student? Precious little, I'll say. They have Patti following 3 different bell schedules every week for starters, not to mention the programs she is required to follow and the restrictions that they have her adhere to. Over the years, I've seen more and more red tape applied to her and her class and I think it is really tying her hands. For some more about Patti you can go here to my other blog.
Update: Patti ended up selling all of them for an average price of $800.00 each! Wow! Good money!