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TEA announces Texas Rural Schools Task Force

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced last week the creation of the Texas Rural Schools Task Force, a team designed to share insights and pursue opportunities for innovation in teacher recruitment and retention in rural districts.

Texas has more rural districts than any other state in the country, with more than 20 percent of campuses falling in non-urban areas. This task force will provide districts an opportunity to crowdsource impactful ideas about resource allocation, use of technology, parent and community engagement, and how to handle and prevent teacher attrition.

The task force is made up of superintendents from all 20 ESC regions, and each member was selected based on outstanding student achievement and a willingness to innovate. The team will meet four times in Austin over the next five months. 

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