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Can pay raises help rural Texas districts like Buffalo retain teachers?

Starting teacher pay in Buffalo is thousands below the state average, and it's hard to attract people from outside the small town. The district's superintendent hopes school finance reform will help.

Buffalo ISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman drives a school bus because he can't find any qualified drivers in Buffalo.

“Zero. Zero. Zero.”

A schoolbus drivers needed sign outsde the elementary school has gone unanswered for years in Buffalo, Texas Thursday March 28, 2019.  (Photo by Michael Stravato)
A Buffalo ISD school bus on its morning route in Buffalo on March 28, 2019.

Raises could be coming

Wendy Stanton, a para-professional whose job includes substituting among other jobs, leads a science class in reading their textbook, in Buffalo on March 28, 2019.
Flag art in the teachers' work room at the elementary school in Buffalo on March 28, 2019.
High school students between classes in the hallway at the high school in Buffalo on March 28, 2019.

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