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1-31-18 Education in the News

Education Week--Why Special Educators Really Leave the Classroom

It's not just about paperwork, parents, and hard-to-manage students

It's easy to feel sorry for special education teachers.

Challenging students, prickly parents, crushing paperwork: They all go with the territory, and contribute to a level of attrition among special educators that is said to be much higher than that of their regular education teaching peers.

But those problems are only part of the reason special educators struggle. In surveys, research papers, and interviews, special educators say their jobs are also made difficult by factors that are well within school and district leaders' power to change. Those include a lack of support from principals, difficulty balancing competing priorities from various supervisors, ignorance (and sometimes disrespect) of the job from peers, and a workload that takes special educators away from what they really want to do: teach children.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/01/24/why-special-educators-really-leave-the-classroom.html

Christina A. Samuels| January 24, 2018

 

Education Week--Growth of Charter Schools Is Slowing Down. Here's What's Behind the Trend

For many years, charter schools have been expanding at an impressive clip in the U.S.—adding thousands of students and hundreds of schools every year.

That growth—which has happened over most of the 25 years since the first charter law was passed in Minnesota—has given charter schools a unique status in American public education as the only real competition to the traditional district school system. In a handful of cities, charter schools now enroll more students than traditional district schools.

But since 2013, that growth rate has dropped sharply and some of the possible culprits are familiar: high real estate costs, teacher shortages, and politics.

The slowdown is a problem, charter supporters argue, because demand for charter schools is still outpacing supply in many cities.

To better understand this nationwide trend, researchers with the Center on Reinventing Public Education zeroed in on the San Francisco Bay Area, a region where a long run of robust charter growth has recently tapered off.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2018/01/charter_schools_growth_is_slowing_heres_whats_behind_the_trend.html

Arianna Prothero on January 30, 2018 12:01 AM |


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