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It’s not just COVID-19: Why Texas faces a teacher shortage

Texas schools have long had too few teachers. The pandemic made the situation worse — but issues like low pay, poor benefits and polarizing statewide politics all have an impact, too.

Gordon Mock stands outside of Thompson Elementary School on July 19, 2022, in Houston.

What does the teacher shortage in Texas look like?

Why are teachers leaving?

What are some possible solutions?

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