July 16, 2017, Charleston (WV) Gazette Mail: WV school board OKs cap for special education students in regular classes http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170716/wv-school-board-oks-cap-for-special-education-students-in-regular-classes The West Virginia Board of Education passed policy changes last week that cap the percentage of students receiving specially designed instruction for disabilities that schools can place in general education classrooms. The previous state school board Policy 2419 contained just a recommended maximum. It said the percentage of these students “should approximate natural proportions that are no more than 30 percent of the total class enrollment when integrated classrooms are established in” English language arts, math, science and social studies. The board previously put out for the official public comment period a proposal that the proportion “must not exceed 50 percent of the total class enrollment.” … “Special education students requiring specially designed instruction” won’t be able to make up more than half of a co-taught classroom, in which a regular and special education teacher share duties. Co-teaching is defined as having “two or more professionals delivering substantive instruction to a diverse or blended group of students in a single physical space.” In an integrated classroom, which doesn’t have a special education teacher assisting the regular education teacher, special education students requiring accommodations won’t be able to make up more than 30 percent.