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In West Texas, Fort Stockton’s solution to a teacher shortage is a motel

The rural Fort Stockton school district is paying big money for teachers and sweetening the deal with low-cost housing.

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Dr. Gabriel Zamora.
Fort Stockton teacher Staci Ely works in her room at the Spanish Trail Lodge.
To house teachers recruited from across the state, Fort Stockton bought the Spanish Trail Lodge, where teachers pay $250/month.

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