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New York: National teacher shortage; SPED too demanding

Aug 21, 2017, WENY-TV, Horseheads, NY: Schools throughout the country are grappling with teacher shortage, data show http://www.weny.com/story/36182207/schools-throughout-the-country-are-grappling-with-teacher-shortage-data-show As students head back to school, Sorrells' district is one of hundreds across the country grappling with a growing teacher shortage -- especially in key areas such as math and special ed. "Currently, there are not enough qualified teachers applying for teaching jobs to meet the demand in all locations and fields," said the Learning Policy Institute, a national education think tank, in a research brief in September.... The institute estimated last year that if trends continue, there could be a nationwide shortfall of 112,000 teachers by 2018. What subjects are most affected? Public schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia report teacher shortages in math for the 2017-18 school year, according to the US Department of Education. Forty-six states report shortages in special education, 43 in science and 41 in foreign languages…. Is there help on the way? Probably not soon. The supply of aspiring teachers has been dwindling. So what's causing this?... Teaching in the US is too demanding. About 8% of teachers leave teaching each year, with two-thirds quitting before retirement, according to the Learning Policy Institute. This is double the percentage of teachers leaving the profession in countries like Singapore and Finland. This turnover is especially high in subjects such as special education, which can place additional demands on teachers. …