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Local School Districts Getting Competitive with Pay Increases for Teachers

Across North Texas, there are hundreds of job openings in schools across the area. Districts have been doing what they can to stay competitive in the market and for many of them, that means raising pay. According to a new ranking from the National Education Association, Texas public school teachers...
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Texas Republicans are trying to sell school choice measures, but rural conservatives aren’t buying

This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune. For the latest developments on school choice measures in Texas, sign up to receive our weekly education newsletter. As a Texas school superintendent, Adrain Johnson is no stranger to the struggles small, rural public schools face, from trying to recruit teachers, especially after more than two years of navigating school during a global pandemic, to a general lack of resources. And now, after the school shooting in Uvalde, there's a renewed conversation about campus security.

North Texas school districts still searching for teachers as students return

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Summer break is nearly over, and school districts across Texas are still scrambling to hire teachers."I had no idea what to expect," said Frank Pittenger, who stopped by a Dallas ISD job fair.It's been decades since he worked as a teacher, but with his ESL certification, he got an offer on the spot."I'm gonna get hired, after about an hour," said Pittenger.Across the state, there have been dire warnings of a teacher shortage."I know schools are struggling with this trying to open," said State Representative Gary VanDeaver at a hearing of the Texas House Public Education...
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Safety, security top priority for local ISDs

Gov. Greg Abbott has handed down a directive for random intruder detection audits in the wake of the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde on May 24 that left 21 dead and 17 injured. Local law enforcement, ACSO, ISD Police Chiefs, SROs and school administration have been spending the summer making...
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Show some teacher love

A record 70 percent of teacher members surveyed by the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) said they were seriously considering leaving the profession as they ended a difficult school year last spring. The number was the highest ever recorded in the teacher moonlighting and morale survey, which has been tracking Texas teachers’ concerns for more than 40 years. It was a significant jump from the 53 percent who expressed similar feelings the last time the survey was conducted in 2018.
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Governor Abbott, DPS Announce Security Measures For Uvalde ISD

AUSTIN, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be providing more than 30 law enforcement officers to campuses throughout the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) for the new school year. The DPS security presence was requested by UCISD Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell and will help ensure students, parents, and school faculty feel secure as they return to school.

Survey Reveals the Vast Majority of Texas Teachers are Considering Quitting

An alarming number of Texas educators are considering quitting their job. KSAT is reporting that a survey conducted by the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) found that 70% of the teachers surveyed said they were seriously considering moving on from the profession. In comparison, the survey found that 53% of teachers were considering quitting their job in 2018, the last time the survey was conducted.

“The Chronicles of a Texas High School Football Coach”

Texas is the mecca for High School football and is known all over the country for its love of football. There are currently 192 players in the NFL from the state of Texas, with 18 of them being QBs. The movie Friday Night Lights, and the reality show Friday Night...

We’re quitting: Neglect, politics and COVID are to blame

Teachers are sorely disappointed in the current state of education, recent data shows. Last month, the American Federation of Teachers unveiled a detailed analysis explaining what schools need to do to better retain educators. “Teachers and school staff have been struggling for years with a lack of professional respect; inadequate...

70% of Texas teachers are thinking about quitting, TSTA survey shows

CYPRESS, Texas — Amid teacher shortages across the state, a new survey shows many of the current teachers are considering quitting the profession. The Texas State Teachers Association surveyed 688 teachers and reports that 70% are seriously considering quitting within the year. The survey blames low morale, political attacks, the pandemic and years of state neglect.

Resources for parents and other concerned adults on school safety in Texas

Houston - One of the first places to start online is the Texas School Safety Center. The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is an official university-level research center at Texas State University. The TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with key school safety initiatives and mandates. Specifically, the TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. In addition, the TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers, and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training, and enforcement initiatives.