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The Crisis in Special Education

States are mandated to provide quality education for students with disabilities. What’s getting in the way?

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Episode Notes

Federal law guarantees that students with disabilities have access to special educators. But widespread teacher shortages mean these students are often being taught by people without the mandated qualifications—or by no one at all.

Guest: Dylan Peers McCoy, an investigative reporter on WFYI’s education team.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova, and Sam Kim.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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