Reports on “staffing surge” subject to questions

Some interim education members agreed with presentations by paid staff of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and Kansas Policy Institute on a “staffing surge” but others recognized that “many other professions were included in this nonteaching category, such as special education instructors, reading specialists, school psychologists, audiologists, and speech pathologists,” that some of that hiring is mandated by federal and state law and that many smaller districts are losing students but still need a superintendent (who also performs many other jobs). We also note that hiring aides is sometimes a response to funding pressure, as it is less expensive to hire aides than teachers.

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