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Texas teachers grapple with their raises caught up in voucher fight

As a special session starts with a focus on “school choice” but no mention of public school funding, some teachers said they are even considering leaving the profession.

Members of the crowd hold signs and chant during a rally against school vouchers at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 7, 2023. Hundreds gathered to protest two days before a special session was slated to begin on Oct. 9, 2023.

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Hundreds of protesters cross 12th St. and walk towards the Governor's Mansion during a rally against school vouchers on Oct. 7, 2023.
Jerrica Liggins, second from left, gathers with fellow teachers from Paris ISD at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 7, 2023. Liggins and her colleagues traveled to Austin to protest against school vouchers. Hundreds gathered to protest two days before a special session was slated to begin on Oct. 9, 2023.

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