School staffing issues in Oregon called ‘real, emergency situation’

Julie Cleve, a reading specialist at Hallman Elementary School, helps studets learn about length and measurement. At a Senate Education Committee meeting school leaders said they are grappling with severe teacher shortages, especially in special education. (Salem Reporter)

SALEM - At a Senate Education Committee meeting on Monday, superintendents and representatives from school boards and teachers associations detailed dire staffing situations across the state that are harming students and even potentially violating federal law.

Among the most severe shortages: special education instructors. 

Staffing shortages have forced at least one education service district to curtail special education instruction. The Lane Education Service District, representing 16 school districts including Eugene, cut one day of Life Skills classes for students with cognitive disabilities. These classes include lessons on math, reading, as well as everyday skills like money management and household . . .