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Teacher retention remains a top priority for many districts

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many school districts in Texas continue to search for teacher positions.

A quick search on the Austin Independent School District website will turn up about 200 teaching positions to fill. Hays CISD stated that it has 19 open positions that they need to fill.

KXAN has been reporting these issues for several months.

“I taught at McCallum High School and now I work at UT,” said one teacher KXAN spoke to over the summer.

Some of the factors that are driving teachers out include low wages as the cost of living continues to rise.

“The cost of a teacher’s life here is very high,” said another teacher KXAN spoke to.

Many districts are still looking for vacant teaching positions as we move into the second half of the school year.

“We need to do more to help new people get into the profession, and we need to do more for people who are in the profession to encourage them to stay,” said Monty Exter of the Texas Professional Educators Association. “And we really need to come together at this moment more than ever to help convince our state legislature of what is right.”

Exter says the teacher pipeline is broken and needs to be fixed before we lose more teachers.

“The question is not whether we can afford something,” Exter said. “The thing is, we have the desire to do something.”

According to the 2022 Charles Butt Foundation Survey of Texas Teachers, 77 percent of teachers in Texas seriously considered leaving the profession in the past year.

KXAN has reached out to Central Texas counties for numbers and is still awaiting feedback on teacher vacancies from several counties.

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