Poor Greg. All he can do to address the severe teacher shortage we face in Texas is appoint a commission. I’ve spent the last five minutes studying the question and here are some reasons people don’t want to work in Texas schools off the top of my head.
Sorry if that seems impertinent, but if any teachers would like to comment, I’d love to hear your additional reasons. Let’s begin with the governor and others in government who have disrespected teachers that in recent years has risen to the point of abuse.
Everyone wants some level of respect for what they do no matter what they’re paid. But let’s look at pay. Between 2010 and 2019, the average salary for teachers decreased from $55,433 to $54,192.
Nothing like a good pay decrease to keep people you’ve insulted and harassed happy. Actually that number’s an average. The average is down because average length of service has decreased — an indication that teachers just aren’t sticking with the profession, at least not in Texas.