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(Israel) Autistic students have shorten day due to teacher shortage

June 27, 2023, Jerusalem Post: School day to shorten for students with autism due to teacher shortage – report

Israel's special education sector alone needs at least 1,367 more teachers to operate as usual.

Israel will be severely lacking in special education teaching staff in the next academic year, leading to a shortened school day for students with disabilities, according to a report released by Israel's Ministry of Education.

The Education, Culture and Sports committee met on Monday to discuss to potential need to shorten the school day for students with autism for the 2023-2024 school year due to a shortage of staff-- just over 1,300 special education instructors would be needed. This number has increased by more than 150 educators since July 2022.

This lack of teachers, support staff, and other workers in the special education space would effectively call for a shortened school day for students on the autism spectrum by 45 minutes, from 4pm to 4:45pm. This decision making process was led by MK Yosef Taib, the chairman of the Education, Culture and Sports committee as well as the moderator of the discussion.


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