On Friday, The Texas Tribune published a story about teacher pay and the challenges educators face in Texas. According to the piece, the average Texas teacher makes about $49,000 a year, which is about $8,000 below the national average. During the 2010-2011 school year, teacher pay in the state ranked 30th in the country, and two years later, it dropped to 35th in the nation.
Other issues, the story points out:
Teachers are spending more and more of their own paycheck on school supplies, and some have had to get second jobs.
There’s a shortage of certified bilingual teachers.
Texas has dropped from 36th to 47th in per-student spending.