CPS Teacher Shortage Hits Black and Special Needs Students Hardest


Each year, hundreds of Chicago Public Schools are having to make do without teachers and substitutes because of a teacher shortage.

Many schools have had open vacancies for a year or more, including those for special education teachers.

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But according to new reporting from WBEZ, that shortfall does not impact all schools and students equally.

Education reporter Sarah Karp and her colleague Paula Friedrich found that schools serving low-income and black students were often the hardest hit and were twice as likely to have a teacher vacancy for an entire year. Majority-white schools had no yearlong vacancies.

Some students with learning disabilities had no special education teacher for two years and across CPS, some 100 special education positions remained open for an entire year.

Karp joins us to discuss her findings.


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