Colorado faces a shortage of special education professionals

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 19, 2022

While many Colorado public schools are back in session for the 2022-23 school year, a number of counties continue to face a shortage of special education professionals. The most recent data from the 2021-22 school year shows that statewide, 17% of positions remained open, and many school officials believe this number has only increased.  

Filling these positions is critical, as students’ needs have only been exacerbated throughout the pandemic. This is especially true for students with disabilities, who often received inadequate resources and support during remote learning, or had difficulty staying engaged in online school. In addition, administrators have stated that many special education teachers have left the profession due to burnout.  

These issues relating to the educator workforce point largely to the urgent need to invest in comprehensive support and training that is responsive to both students’ and educators’ social and emotional needs. By providing educators with the compensation and resources they need in the classroom, we can ensure these positions are filled by individuals who will help their students thrive. The need is as critical as ever, with many counties hosting upcoming job fairs to recruit special education professionals. 

To learn more, visit https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/next/next-with-kyle-clark/school-districts-facing-severe-shortage-of-special-education-teachers/73-9cf1c7d2-fc7d-4eff-bef4-95c28beef409 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.