Why Stanislaus school districts struggle to fill positions, lack fully qualified educators

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Modesto’s Stanislaus Union School District confronts a peculiar situation this year: School leaders have money to hire staff to help accelerate student learning, but no applicants to fill the positions.

The K-8 school district hoped to bring on classified staff to address academic and social emotional needs, Superintendent Shannon Sanford said. These paraprofessionals, or instructional aides, would provide targeted assistance to English language learners and students in special education, for example.

“It slows that process down in getting them the assistance that they need to be more successful,” Sanford said.

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