San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.
Specifically, they're short dozens of special needs teachers and assistants – those are the people who teach students with learning differences, emotional difficulties, or other challenges like autism.
It's not just a local problem: last year 49 out of our 50 states reported a shortfall in special education professionals. So San Francisco has decided to do something it’s never done before: offer signing bonuses. Four thousand bucks for qualified applicants. KALW's Ben Trefny met up with SFUSD human resources chief Monica Vasquez to talk about short and long term solutions to the teacher shortage.
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