Many states struggle with shortages of special education teachers (SET). To address the shortage problem in the long term, policymakers, preparation providers, and state and district administrators must ensure that any short-term strategies are combined with a comprehensive plan that includes long-term systemic strategies to strengthen the supply, preparation, and retention of special education teachers.
Denver Public Schools has launched a small pilot that is part of a new district strategy to better prepare new teachers to work in Denver’s many high-poverty schools, which tend to hire more novices. The students in those schools are more likely to be behind academically and in need of top-notch teachers. In this pilot, DPS will have six “associate teachers” who will teach part-time in a high-poverty school and spend the rest of their time planning, observing, and learning.
The Clark County School District is once again bringing in special education teachers from the Philippines to address shortages
Low salaries, safety concerns, union issues and a shortage of applicants have undermined the city school district’s efforts to provide hundreds of Paterson children in special education with therapy services for which they have been waiting for almost a year.
Special education teacher shortage in central GA
Several parents at Elizondo Elementary School received last-minute phone calls from their children’s school asking them to keep their students out of school due to a staffing shortage in special education classrooms.
As students head back to the classroom, many Maine school districts are dealing with a special education teacher shortage.