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(Canada) BC: "There are 1,817 classes with four or more children with special needs"

June 2, 2018, BC News: Local News--Teachers’ union files grievance over public school educator shortage in B.C. https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/teachers-union-files-grievance-over-public-school-educator-shortage-in-b-c/ B.C.’s teachers’ union has filed a grievance due to the province’s ongoing shortage of educators in schools across the province…. “It’s now June 1st and there are still reports of non-certified teachers working in classrooms, students with special needs losing out on their programs or being sent home, and hundreds of classes with class compositions that don’t meet the learning needs of students,” he said…. Classrooms impacted are in all corners of the province including Vancouver, Quesnel and Prince Rupert, Hansman said, In Quesnel, the union says there were nine full-time teaching jobs held by non-certified people this spring. In Vancouver, it says there are 1,817 classes with four or more children with special needs, which means they aren’t getting the support they would with more special education supports…. “If the government and school districts don’t address these concerns urgently, students will keep losing out when the new school year starts.”