Aug 8, 2019, San Jose (CA) Spotlight: San Jose school district unveils plan to hire special education teachers https://sanjosespotlight.com/san-jose-school-district-unveils-plan-to-hire-special-education-teachers/ The number of special education students across the country is rising, but teachers qualified to teach those students aren’t — especially in the South Bay where soaring rents and cost-of-living are squeezing educators out. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that the number of public school students that required special education services rose 14 percent during the 2017-2018 school year. That’s seven million students. The shortage is plaguing school districts across the nation, including the San José Unified School District. In 2019, there were more than 3,500 students with special education needs and just 160 teachers with the qualifications to teach them. District leadership now aims to fix this problem, thanks to a grant from the California Local Solutions to the Shortage of Special Education Teachers. The $1.4 million grant was invested into “Rise into Special Education,” a program that offers current district employees training and mentorship to earn special education credentials. “We cover all of the costs associated with the tuition, the books, the testing fees, the credential fees, fingerprinting,” said Jacqueline Murphy, SJUSD’s director of human resources. “In addition to the financial support, they’re also working with our best (special education) teachers to be able to apply those learnings in the classroom.”… Through RISE, Murphy and Reddy also hope to address the problem of high employee turnover and burnout associated with special education. …
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.