"Where is My Child's Teacher?"
In 2019, 44 states reported special education teacher shortages to the federal government. This school year, that number jumped to 48 (NPR: All Things Considered, April 2022).
Let that sink in... Forty-eight states have a shortage of special education teachers. Those teachers that, historically, are specially trained in instructional strategies and tools that support the learning and growth of children with disabilities and learning differences.
This begs the question: If there is a shortage of special educators in 48 states, who is teaching your child? Who is providing those supports and specially designed instructi