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Texas Teachers Face Financial Strain

On Friday, The Texas Tribune published a story about teacher pay and the challenges educators face in Texas. According to the piece, the average Texas teacher makes about $49,000 a year, which is about $8,000 below the national average. During the 2010-2011 school year, teacher pay in the state ranked 30th in the country, and two years later, it dropped to 35th in the nation.

Other issues, the story points out:

  • Teachers are spending more and more of their own paycheck on school supplies, and some have had to get second jobs.

  • There’s a shortage of certified bilingual teachers.

  • Texas has dropped from 36th to 47th in per-student spending.

Read more: As Teacher Pay Lags, Attrition, Class Size Grow, by Morgan Smith


Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.