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In Texas, Teachers Are in Short Supply

Nearly 50 percent of first-time teachers in Texas quit the field within their first five years. The trend is leaving a gap in important specializations like bilingual education, special education, math, science and computer science.

Veteran English teacher Sara Brenan works with students at Anderson High School's summer program in the Austin Independent School District.

Nearly 50 percent of first-time teachers in Texas quit the field within their first five years. The trend is leaving a gap in such important specializations as bilingual education, special education, math, science and computer science. Michael Marder, co-chairman of the University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach Natural Sciences program, says the antidote is higher pay and better benefits than are offered in the private sector. (KENS 5 San Antonio)

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