Paraprofessionals Are Short-Handed, Exhausted
[Source: Disability Scoop]
Nan Peters has been working as a paraprofessional in Rochester for nearly 40 years, and the shortage of workers today is about the worst she’s ever seen.
Peters was one of several paraprofessionals and teachers who gathered outside Century High School on a recent Monday to speak about what they describe as a dire situation. A lack of adequate pay, they say, is driving paras away from the school system.
“This is probably the most critical I’ve ever seen it,” Peters said.
The local paraprofessionals and teachers were joined by Denise Specht, president of the teachers’ union Education Minnesota. According to Specht, there’s a shortage in paras throughout the state.
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