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Texas Teacher Dropouts at Alarming High

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A recent study by the University of Houston shows first-year teacher retention is at an all-time low.

Teacher shortages are making already challenging situations even more complicated for schools, districts, and parents. According to the 2020–2021 Texas Teacher Workforce Report, over a 10-year period the largest drop off rate occurs after a teacher’s first year.

Little to no increase in compensation was identified as a possible cause. Teacher and staff shortages due to COVID have also caused burnout for those having to cover additional classes. Jackie Anderson, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, indicates that change is needed and “revamping education and what’s expected and required" is necessary.

For more information on the topic, check out KHOU’s article New Texas teachers leaving the job most after their first year, study says.

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Nicolle Gee-Guzman
Nicolle Gee-Guzman
HR and Compensation Consultant

Nicolle Gee-Guzman joined the HR Services team as an HR and compensation consultant in 2022. She has more than 28 years of experience working in various roles in human resources within the public sector. Most recently, Gee-Guzman was the director of human resources for a Texas public school district.

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