Ill. district struggles with fewer speech-language pathologists

02/21/2012 | Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

Schools in Rockford, Ill., are struggling to provide speech therapy to students amid budget woes that have left the schools with fewer therapists. To help close a $50 million budget shortfall, the school district last year dismissed speech-language pathologists who did not have tenure, and many went on to find positions in other districts. "We needed the same number of speech therapists that we've always needed, but because there's a shortage in the nation, when we let our first- to fourth-year speech therapists go, there were jobs for them wherever they wanted," said district official Colleen Cyrus.

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