Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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Many grads have education degrees, but will they have jobs?

There may be a glut of elementary school teachers, reports the Hechinger Report. From the story:

Data, while imprecise, suggest that some states are producing far more new teachers at the elementary level than will be able to find jobs in their respective states—even as districts struggle to find enough recruits in other certification fields.

Future teachers hoping for some job security might want to pursue special education instead of elementary education. At a budget work session Tuesday night, Stafford County School Board members expressed a desire to hire more elementary school teachers, to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through fifth grade. But before they can do that, they first have to address needs in the school division’s special education department.

Many of Stafford’s self-contained special education classrooms (where students spend most of the day in special education) are near capacity. Federal laws say that those classrooms can’t have more than eight students. Superintendent Randy Bridges has requested 18.25 new teachers in the budget; 15.25 of those would be special education teachers. He additionally requested more elementary school teachers to reduce class sizes.

And here’s some more info on the over-supply of elementary school teachers.