COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — With special education happening mostly online this year, some parents and educators reached out to KRDO concerned that students with special needs are falling through the cracks.
Academy District 20 began the year with two special education staff members for all of the district’s K-8 grade online learning programs.
“The Journey K-8 program has about 180 special ed students and therefore needs about nine staff members to carry that caseload,” said Allison Cortez, the spokesperson for ASD20. “We are now fully staffed, but the first few weeks of school we were still having to staff some of those positions.”
The Colorado Department of Education acknowledges a special education staffing shortage is an issue across the state. The special education void in District 20 was filled pretty quickly. But it’s likely a problem other districts are dealing with too. COVID-19 could be widening the gap as