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National shortage of SPED teachers; turnover rate double compared to regular ed teachers

Jan 17, 2018, U of Houston, Student Newspaper: Daily Cougar: Public schools in dire need of special education teachers http://thedailycougar.com/2018/01/17/special-education-roles-lost-less-qualified-teachers/ There is a serious national shortage of special education teachers in the United States; forty-nine states have reported experiencing a lack of special education teachers. This shortage has led to questionable hiring decisions, and the situation addresses the need for a new generation of special education professionals to meet the demand and provide services to those who need it most. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), mandates the provision of a free and appropriate public school education for eligible children ages 3-21. The students that are considered eligible range from a variety of different disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities etc. This ensures these disabled children will have an education that will allow them to pursue life to the greatest extent they can. … The reasoning for this shortage is attributed to many factors. According to the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services, these factors include an increase of higher education costs, inadequate funding for incentive programs, stress levels related to the job, and state to state credentialing barriers etc. … There is also a significant turnover rate for special education teachers. More than 12 percent of special education teachers leave their profession, which is double in comparison to their general education colleagues. The emotional toll and patience required to pursue such a profession is found in few individuals. …