State lacks special education teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – The “Special Education Interim Committee” of the South Dakota legislature met Tuesday in Pierre. This committee follows on a summer study last year and legislation earlier this year that attempted to address the issues with special education, which has seen growing numbers of students and costs.

Wade Pogany, Executive Director of the Associated School Boards, says there are not enough special education teachers.

Pogany says schools are dealing with more out of district placements of students.

Pogany says the state can help schools come up with best practices.

Committee Chair, Representative Nancy Rasmussen of Hurley says their focus should be on the students needing help.

The committee will meet again later this fall in Pierre on a date to be determined.