“Things are bad, very bad,” CEA Treasurer Stephanie Wanzer told Channel 3 about a shortage of special education teachers facing districts around Connecticut.
A special education teacher for Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, Wanzer sees firsthand how the shortage is affecting students and teachers.
While students miss out on the services they should, by law, receive, special education teachers who remain in the classroom find their already overwhelming workload is increasing. “You’re taking on other people’s cases, as there’s nobody to fill in,” Wanzer says.
For more on the challenges facing special education, listen to a recent episode of CEA’s podcast.