Aug 27, 2017, Long View (WA) TDN: Longview's new special education director returns home http://tdn.com/news/local/longview-s-new-special-education-director-returns-home/article_34c35d37-6c3c-556e-b05d-c9f4749f68df.html While one-fifth of Washington teachers leave the profession within the first four years of their career, the problem is especially pronounced in special education. According to a 2016 survey by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 64 percent of principals said they were struggling to find certified special education teachers. That’s nearly twice as high as the next most reported staff shortage, elementary school teachers. ... According to the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education, 49 states report a shortage of special education teachers. More than 80 percent of special education teachers report that there are not enough professionals to meet the needs of students with disabilities, while 90 percent of high-poverty school districts report difficulty attracting highly qualified special education teachers…. About 14 percent of the district’s students receive special education services. That translates to 927 special education students for the 2017-2018 school year.