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AUSTIN (Nexstar) — New teachers in Texas are leaving after their first year at increasingly higher rates, an issue education advocates say is contributing to workforce and staffing issues. In 2010, there was a 100% retention rate for first-year teachers, according to a 2021 teacher workforce report from the University of Houston and the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. Since then, that number has steadily decreased — with 49.8% of teachers leaving after their first year. The National Education Association and National Parent Teachers Association called attention to this issue in a press conference Thursday, highlighting the need for more resources and support of educators. “This was a challenge even before the pandemic when experts projected yearly shortfalls of over 100,000 teachers — the result of low pay, high stress, crumbling schools and challenging working conditions,” said Becky Pringle, president of the NEA. view article arw

WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Mart head football coach and athletic director Kevin Hoffman announced he would be retiring ten days ago. On Thursday, Hoffman confirmed his decision to remain with the school district. Kevin Hoffman led the Panthers to three state championships in seven seasons as the head coach. The Panthers fell short of winning state championships the last two seasons and Hoffman admits there is unfinished business at Mart. view article arw

Pearland ISD in a Jan. 13 news release announced Monio Mark II will be its new finance director. In the role, he will oversee the district’s payroll, treasury, debt management and handling of cash and will also aid with the annual budget by preparing different salary and benefit scenarios, according to PISD’s job description. “My vision for my staff is to strive to put them in a position to succeed regarding reaching their full potential in their career,” Mark said in the release. “If my staff and I are reaching our potential, it will in return benefit Pearland ISD as we all work to continue to be a world-class district.” view article arw

TAOS, N.M., Jan 19 (Reuters) - New Mexico on Wednesday asked National Guard members and state employees to volunteer as substitute teachers to keep schools and daycare centers open during a surge in COVID-19 infections. State employees and Guard members who take up the call to teach will get their usual pay and be considered on administrative leave or active duty, respectively, according to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. National Guard members have mobilized across the United States to help hospitals and clinics slammed by staff shortages but New Mexico appeared to be the first state to ask them to become classroom teachers. view article arw

Oklahoma will allow state employees to work as substitute teachers — while keeping their current jobs — as it attempts to keep schools open for in-person learning in the face of widespread staffing shortages. It's the latest state to float an unorthodox solution to the problem of teachers and school staff calling out sick in high numbers because of an omicron-driven spike in COVID-19 infections across the country. California is expediting the hiring process for new substitute teachers and allowing their contracts to be extended. Kansas will allow people with no college credit to become subs. view article arw

DALLAS — Staffing shortages are among challenges many school districts are facing right now. It’s a challenge that has been present since the beginning of the school year, but complicated by the recent surging positive cases of COVID-19. “It’s just a tough time for educators today,” said Dr. Larry Lewis, interim superintendent of DeSoto Independent School District. view article arw

The Governor of New Mexico has come up with a new plan to help address the shortage of substitute teachers and daycare workers amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state. On Wednesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the “Supporting Teachers and Families” (STAF) initiative. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District board has voted to approve paid COVID leave for fully vaccinated employees. Employees affected by COVID-19 will be able to take an additional five-day leave without using their sick days. The decision comes after the district saw an increase in positive cases when classes resumed after the winter break. In order to qualify, employees must be fully vaccinated and must have tested positive for COVID-19. view article arw

Ashlee Ring given six-week extension to pay restitution to victims in two criminal cases against her  A San Antonio woman who had until Tuesday to pay back more than $201,000 in restitution in two felony fraud cases has gotten an extension after convincing a judge she is close to extracting equity from property tied up in a related civil lawsuit.  Ashlee Ring made a brief appearance in person Tuesday morning in 144th District Court months after pleading no contest in one of the cases. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD announced on Tuesday that the district’s athletic director and Copperas Cove High football coach, Jason Hammett, resigned from his position to seek new opportunities. “We appreciate Coach Hammett for what he has done for our students, our athletic program, and the district,” said CCISD Superintendent Joe Burns. “We wish him much success in his new endeavors.” view article arw

The Fort Worth ISD is looking to Mexico in its effort to recruit more bilingual teachers. The district is holding a virtual informational job fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting teachers in Mexico City. In a news release, the district said it's looking for teachers who are certified or interested in becoming certified in bilingual elementary and secondary Spanish for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. view article arw

Jennifer Ellison returns to her alma mater as the Midlothian ISD Chief of Staff. The district is thrilled to welcome a former MISD graduate back home as a district leader. “Ms. Ellison is a strong leader, and her passion is educating students and giving them opportunities to succeed,” Dr. Jo Ann Fey, Superintendent of Schools, said. “In this role, she will foster the unlimited potential of our students and staff members and help them achieve their educational and professional goals.” Ms. Ellison has over twenty years of progressive experience in public, K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education, beginning her career as a middle school teacher and coach in Arlington, Lancaster, and Bryan ISD and later becoming an Assistant Principal in Arlington ISD. view article arw

CHRISTOVAL, TX –– After closing several days due to staff shortages, Christoval ISD announced the closure will extend until Wednesday, January 19th. According to CISD, "the aim of the extended closure is to give the staff another day to recover from the various illnesses in the community so that we can give your children our very best when we resume classes." The district will reassess the personnel status on Wednesday to determine if students can return on Thursday. view article arw

The Omicron variant is really presenting a challenge for the district right now,' said Asheley Brown with Little Elm ISD, one of many searching for substitutes.   — Multiple North Texas school districts are going to great lengths to hire additional staff but, at the same time, are finding that the supply of available substitute teachers is impacted by COVID-19, as well.  "We are imploring you guys," Little Elm ISD Human Resources executive Asheley Brown said in a recent hiring appeal posted by the district on YouTube. "We would love for you to come and join us, even if it's just temporarily." view article arw

Georgetown ISD added a one-time lump sum payment option to its 2021-2022 compensation plan in response to the recent COVID-19 surge. The one-time payment will be sent out to all staff covering classes and performing duties beyond their positions, Superintendent Fred Brent said. An extensive substitute teacher shortage has been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 surge, requiring teachers to fill in vacancies, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Napper said. Full-time staff will be paid $250 and part-time staff will be paid $125. The district has been in coordination with Williamson County Commissioners to use funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund the one-time payments, Brent said. view article arw

Jennifer Ellison returns to her alma mater as the Midlothian ISD Chief of Staff. The district is thrilled to welcome a former MISD graduate back home as a district leader. “Ms. Ellison is a strong leader, and her passion is educating students and giving them opportunities to succeed,” Dr. Jo Ann Fey, Superintendent of Schools, said. “In this role, she will foster the unlimited potential of our students and staff members and help them achieve their educational and professional goals.” view article arw

PREMONT, Texas — Starting this week, Premont Independent School District is implementing a program unique to the area that the district hopes will alleviate pressure on its teachers. Teachers at Premont Early College Academy will be given one day a week where they will not instruct students, they will instead be given time to review, reflect, and recharge. view article arw

HEBBRONVILLE, Texas — “Hello. Good afternoon. How are you?” Jessica Garza asks students from Jim Hogg County ISD every day. She’s been a bus driver with the school district for six years and said what keeps her going is the consistent “crazy” schedule. She’s a bus driver, but also doubles as a custodian. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD is targeting educators in Mexico in its ongoing recruitment efforts to add bilingual teachers to the district. The district is set to host a virtual job fair for teachers in Mexico City Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19, it said in a news release Tuesday. The informational fair will target teachers who are certified or interested in becoming certified in Bilingual Elementary and Secondary Spanish for the upcoming 2022-23 school year, the district said. “We have to think outside the box when it comes to our recruitment efforts,” Fort Worth ISD Chief Talent Officer Raúl Peña said in the release. “If they are motivated and passionate about teaching, we want those prospective teachers residing in Mexico City to know FWISD is hiring.”  The job fair will inform participants about the process to become a certified teacher in Texas and offer an overview of the district and the city of Fort Worth. view article arw

In recent weeks Austin Independent School District has seen the need for hundreds of subs as more teachers call out with COVID-19, but what happens when there aren’t enough subs to cover classes? “I was subbing in a second grade elementary,” said AISD spokesperson Eddie Villa. view article arw

Brenham ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Eliot Allen has accepted a position with a new school district. Brenham ISD announced this (Thursday) afternoon that Allen has been selected as Director of Athletics for Bastrop ISD. He will begin his new position next week. view article arw

Jacksonville ISD will close Friday through Tuesday due to staff shortages and excessive student absences. Campus reopen Wednesday following the holiday weekend, according to a statement released by the district. “By taking advantage of the already scheduled holiday weekend, we expect these additional days will allow us to return to a normal schedule on Wednesday, January 19. We understand this is not an ideal situation for parents, but we must keep the safety and health of our students our top priority,” the statement said. view article arw

CONROE, Texas — Conroe ISD is facing a huge shortage in teachers Friday morning due to a spike in COVID cases within the district. In fact, the situation is so dire KHOU 11 News was told they will be deploying a chunk of their administration staff that work at the district’s headquarters to fill in as substitutes. But for now all schools remain open. However, the district has raised their COVID safety alert back to level 4. Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null made that announcement Thursday during a live video. So what does that mean? view article arw

MARBLE FALLS, Texas - Marble Falls Independent School District posted on Facebook on Wednesday that all campuses will be closed on Friday, due to staffing shortages.  The school district said that the staffing shortages are being caused by an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. The decision was made due to the district not having enough staff to monitor and maintain a safe school environment for students.  According to the Facebook post, all previously scheduled extracurricular activities will still occur, unless you are contacted about cancellation from your student's Coach, Director or Sponsor. Student meal information is said to come at a later time.  view article arw

The COVID-19 crisis in North Texas Schools continues as districts struggle to fill classrooms with educators. While some districts scramble to attract substitutes, others are closing schools altogether. COVID-19 is spreading in record-breaking numbers. Teachers, of course, are not immune and they’re calling in sick by the dozens. Robert Abel is Chief of Human Capital Management for the Dallas Independent School District. He says the district has roughly 2,200 active substitute teachers on its roster. They hired 70 just last week, plan to process 30 additional applications, and could still use more. view article arw

Join us at our Fort Worth ISD Auxiliary and Substitute Virtual Hiring Fair on Thursday, January 13, 2022 between 4:30 pm - 7 pm. Fort Worth ISD Talent Management invites you to register today for an opportunity to connect with our Hiring Managers! We are seeking individuals who maintain a high standard of work ethic, safety and dedication to help achieve student success. view article arw

Northside ISD is taking an 'all hands on deck' approach to address the teacher shortage, including talks of lowering required college hours for sub candidates. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District has sent a letter to parents and staff acknowledging both staffing shortages and a growing number of COVID-19 cases as school resumed Jan. 4. In the letter, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said the shortage involves over 200 absences due to illness and another 250 vacancies. Gregorski said the hardest hit employee groups are bus drivers, custodians, food service employees and skilled trades. “Our teams have made minor adjustments to bus service, menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed,” Gregorski said. “And, yes we are experiencing shortages among our teaching personnel, though, we continue to mitigate this matter to ensure the quality of instruction for our students remains uncompromised.” view article arw

GCISD is one of many North Texas school districts dealing with a shortage of subs during the latest COVID-19 surge caused by the omicron variant.  On Monday, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD needed 132 substitute teachers.  Only 77 were able to answer the call this morning, according to a district spokeswoman.  On Friday, GCISD requested the services of 147 substitute teachers but only had 81 available to work as the Omicron outbreak began to affect the district during its first week of operations after winter break. view article arw

Amid an ongoing pandemic, and a nationwide teacher shortage, more than two dozen teachers recently committed to join the staff of the Killeen Independent School District.  During the Killeen ISD Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, Superintendent John Craft said 30 of the 66 prospective teachers who received letters of intent at the district’s job fair on Jan. 5 were officially hired and have started work within the district.  “We felt like this was a really, really successful event and we wanted to share the good news,” Craft said. view article arw

The Plano ISD board of trustees approved a retention incentive of $750 for all active, full-time district employees as well as pay rate increases for substitutes and deaf education interpreters during its Jan. 11 meeting. Assistant Superintendent Beth Brockman said the full incentive will be paid out to active, full-time employees as of Jan. 5, while current part-time employees on that date will receive $350 incentives. Employees who have already submitted separation agreements, as well as the superintendent and her senior cabinet, will not receive the incentives, Brockman said. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO — Another boost in pay is in effect for substitute teachers in San Antonio. The North East Independent School District (NEISD) is the latest district to make the move, hiking pay by more than 20%. The decision came as the district made history Friday with the highest number of teachers calling out. "This week especially has been really a big challenge. Not just for us, but I think all school districts, all businesses, all restaurants," said Aubrey Chancellor, Executive Director of Communications for NEISD. view article arw

Lumberton — The Lumberton Independent School District is battling through staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic. The rise in infections has led the district to send out notices about a transportation driver shortage, affecting both morning and evening routes. The district is even asking parents to drop off and pick up their children from school if possible. The worker shortages are even being seen inside the classrooms, with several staff members out due to COVID. The district’s tracking data shows the biggest jump in cases among students and staff happened during the first week after students returned from the holiday break, coinciding with the wave of new infections reported during and after the holiday season. view article arw

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – Jacksonville ISD school board hired Jason Holman, the now former Tatum head football coach, as their new head football coach and athletic director. The school board voted to hand over the program to Coach Holman, giving Holman the opportunity to return to his hometown. He has spent the last three seasons at Tatum and has led the Eagles to eight wins in both of his last two seasons. view article arw

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Students are back from winter break, and the Georgetown Independent School District is struggling to find substitute teachers and school bus drivers to fill the number of staff out sick with COVID-19, according to the district’s superintendent. “We are scrambling to cover our classes. We’ve been short on substitute teachers and drivers like all of our neighbors,” Superintendent Fred Brent said. Hutto ISD canceled its bus routes Monday due to staffing shortages, while Leander ISD had its on a delay for the same reason. view article arw