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Most Texas teachers are on the verge of quitting, according to a new survey.
A study conducted by the Texas State Teachers Association found that 70% of 688 teachers surveyed were seriously considering leaving their profession.
The number is the highest by TSTA, which has been tracking teacher concerns in the Lone Star State for four decades. The survey recorded that 53% of teachers they asked considered leaving their jobs in 2018.
Nearly 94% of teachers surveyed confirmed the pandemic’s increasing stress in their professional lives, while 84% said their workload and planning requirements had increased. About 41% of respondents said they took on additional jobs throughout the year.
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According to TSTA, the main reason is a rift between Texas teachers and legislators — teachers who feel they aren’t heard or paid adequately.
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“If conditions don’t improve, the political climate doesn’t improve, and members of the Legislature don’t start spending more money on public education and teacher salaries, it’s only going to get worse,” Texas State Teachers Association Clay said. Robison told KTBC. “The ones who suffer are the school children. Their learning losses could worsen, and that puts the future of Texas at risk.”
“I think about it a lot [discord] was built and a lot of teachers said, ‘Okay, I’m out of here,'” Robison added.
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The news comes as the US suffers a teacher shortage, with districts from New York to Minnesota experiencing vacancies. The DeKalb Independent School District in Texas moved to a four-day weekly schedule on Monday. The district administration hopes that giving the extra day off will give teachers enough time to prepare for the week.