New data shows that schools across the nation continue to be plagued by a shortage of teachers trained to work with students who have disabilities.

As of August, 86% of schools nationwide reported that they were having difficulty hiring teachers and 83% said they were struggling to fill other positions like classroom aides, transportation staff and mental health professionals.

Educators said that vacancies for special education teachers were some of the most prevalent and 77% of schools described these openings as “somewhat” or “very difficult” to fill.

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