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Texas teachers say they’re pushed to the brink by law requiring them to spend dozens of hours unpaid in training

K-3 teachers in Texas have until 2023 to complete a 60-hour Reading Academies course to keep the job. It’s taking some 120 hours on their own time to finish.

Teacher Melissa Perry reads to her fifth grade class at Jacob’s Well Elementary School in Wimberley on September 4, 2020.

Course adds to teacher workload

Course exceptions, workarounds

More time for some, but still departures

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