Understanding Special Education Teacher Shortages
While supply and demand for fully qualified special education teachers has ebbed and flowed for nearly 30 years, demand has consistently outpaced supply nationally. These shortages imperil the opportunity for students with disabilities to receive an appropriate, individualized educational program, as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). State leaders might want to consider the key policy differences in states with lower rates of uncertified special education teachers. And what might be learned from these policies and applied to future policy proposals to address shortages?
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