School districts struggle to retain teachers

Abbey Spruill, a first-year English II teacher at Dickinson High School, talks with students about a writing assignment on what’s important to them Friday. Many school districts in the county and across the state are struggling to retain teachers.

A shortage of teachers in certain subject areas has gotten so bad for Hitchcock public schools in recent months that administrators went to the district’s board of trustees for help.

“How can we recruit and keep teachers?” administrators asked.

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(2) comments

Ma Gill

The real problem is that teachers work 12 hour days and aren't appreciated by society. Sweden pays teachers 1.3 hours to plan each 1 hour class. Most Texas schools give a teacher 1 hour to plan 6 classes, or 10 minutes per class. Those who care about doing the job well work many more hours than they're paid. Burnout is endemic.

George Croix

The article left out that another reason for quitting, as told by a couple of ex-teachers to me as THEIR main reason, is having to deal with the miserable brats sent to school by lousy parents who disrupt all the kids who want to learn, and treat self-discipline as a liability, rather than a virtue.
And, rather than back the teachers up, too often the Admin. are creatures of timidity and fear of political correctness who back the so-called parents' complaints, for fear of lawsuits, etc.

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