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A new collaboration involving Albuquerque Public Schools is aiming to train and bring in more special education teachers to the district.
APS, Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation union have partnered to create the Special Education Teacher Training or SETT program, a 15-month alternative licensure pathway that gives candidates teaching experience.
APS currently has 84 special education vacancies. And Karen Rudys, executive director employee relations and staffing, said special education – and all subjects – are harder to staff than in the past, adding that hiring efforts come amidst a national and statewide teacher shortage.
Part of the vacancy problem is turnover, ATF president Ellen Bernstein said, noting that when teachers aren’t prepared or supported, they leave the profession.