Public School Talk: A Matter of Intelligence and Timing Ask public school speech-language pathologists about their jobs and you’re likely to hear about both their love for working with children and the aggravations of their employment. Whether clinician or administrator, there is a litany of issues that recur, in virtually every school division in every state. This list ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 1999
Public School Talk: A Matter of Intelligence and Timing
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Article   |   July 01, 1999
Public School Talk: A Matter of Intelligence and Timing
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, July 1999, Vol. 9, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aas9.2.9
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, July 1999, Vol. 9, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aas9.2.9
Ask public school speech-language pathologists about their jobs and you’re likely to hear about both their love for working with children and the aggravations of their employment. Whether clinician or administrator, there is a litany of issues that recur, in virtually every school division in every state. This list generally includes:
  • Large caseloads

  • Inadequate space

  • Excessive paperwork

  • Insufficient funds to purchase equipment, tests, and materials

  • Hiring of unqualified personnel to do masters’ level work

  • Low salaries

Speech-language pathologists have made great strides in many areas of the country—often at the school or district level, but occasionally at the state level. However, there remain many battles ahead of us. What does it take to effect a change?
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