Analyzing the Role of Paraprofessionals

Charles Fox at the Special Education Law Blog applauds the work of paraprofessionals and asks the following question, " what extent do schools overuse paraprofessionals as a quick and inexpensive 'fix' instead of providing a certified teacher to teach students?" He then points to Project Evolve (Expanding and Validating Options for Learning through Variations in Education). He also mentions a screening tool available from Project Evolve PDF document to evaulate, Is our school overreliant on paraprofessionals or utilizing them inappropriately?