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Idaho Falls, ID: SPED count goes from 1,000 students to almost 1,700 students in 5 yrs

Mar 26, 2018, NBC6, Idaho Falls, ID: District 93's Special Education Program Struggles to Keep Up with Growth https://www.kpvi.com/news/local_news/district-s-special-education-program-struggles-to-keep-up-with/article_2f052562-3156-11e8-8ca3-43bb2487e9ff.html Cara McCartney is a special education teacher at Mountain Valley Elementary School. She's been teaching students with disabilities for 20 years. "I really love it, and enjoy the kids and the challenges that we run into day-to-day,” said McCartney. But since District 93's special education program started five years ago, the program has grown from just over 1,000 students to almost 1,700 students. … District officials say it's tough to find enough qualified special education teachers like Cara…. An ideal special education classroom holds 10 to 15 students, but elementary schools in District 93 are seeing special education classes in the 20s’ and 30s’….