There is no federal legal definition for an "aide".
you use the term "paraprofessional" in the IEP, you refer
to a federal legal definition and a quality standard. This is not
the case when you use the term "aide".
No Child Left Behind limits the duties and responsibilities of paraprofessionals. A paraprofessional "may not provide any instruction to a student unless the paraprofessional is working under the direct supervision of a teacher . . " A paraprofessional may not provide one-on-one tutoring at a time when the teacher is available. (20 U.S.C. § 6319(g)); Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, page 201)
want educational responsibility assigned to the teacher, not the paraprofessional.
The paraprofessional is a tool used by the teacher to accomplish her
responsibility to deliver an education to her students.
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