Sunday, May 10, 2009

Help Wanted: Special Ed Teachers

The Washington Post reports that the demand for special education teachers is outpacing the supply. Turnover among these teachers -- those who leave the profession or move to other areas of teaching -- is higher than most other areas of education. The result? Students with disabilities are more likely to experience inconsistency and learn from unqualified individuals.

However, the Post article profiles one school in Virginia that has kept class sizes small and has given staff the support they need. That school has been able to retain all seven special education teachers hired three years ago.

Read "High Turnover and Job's Challenges Keep Special Education Teachers in Demand."
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