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Utah lawmakers propose $4,000 salary stipends for special ed teachers

Nov 9, 2017 by

By Marjorie Cortez, KSL –

SALT LAKE CITY — Qualifying special educators could earn stipends starting at $4,000 annually under a legislative proposal that is similar to bonuses now paid to teachers of mathematics, some science disciplines and computer science.

The proposal by Rep. Val Potter, R-North Logan, and Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, would cap the stipends at $10,000 a year.

Potter, addressing the Utah Legislature’s Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, said the stipend is needed to address a shortage of special education teachers.

Class sizes are too large, he said, and there are “too many students per teacher in the classroom.”

“Each student has individual issues that need to be taken care of. To better educate and train these students, we need to give them a better chance to be functional adults, and that requires some good teaching,” Potter said.

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