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California looks nationwide to fill special education teacher shortage

LA School Report | January 14, 2016



SI&A logoBy Alisha Kirby

Recruitment efforts for special education positions – often the hardest jobs for schools to fill – have been forced to focus on out-of-state candidates as the shortage of teachers across California continues to loom.

Vicki Barber, co-executive director of the California Statewide Taskforce on Special Education, said expanding the scope of the search has helped ease intrastate competition to hire special education professionals.

“A number of school districts are starting to recruit by going out of state to the colleges to bring teachers to California,” Barber said in an interview. “It helps our issue statewide, but it leaves a national concern over special education shortage.”

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