ERIC Number: ED223594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Moonlighting, Salary, Morale, and the Approaching Teacher Shortage: A Follow-up Study.
Henderson, David L.; And Others
Two statewide surveys of Texas public school teachers who were members of the Texas State Teachers Association were conducted in l980 and in 1982. The 1980 survey, with 291 respondents, revealed that many teachers were considering leaving teaching. Of these, almost half cited low salaries as the chief reason. The survey also revealed that holding a job during the school year as well as working during the summer was common among the respondents, although most of the summer jobs were in a very low paying category. The results of the survey conducted in l982, with 319 respondents, indicated that a crisis in education still exists in Texas. Low salary remained the reason, given by more than one in three teachers, for seriously considering leaving the teaching profession. Nearly 30 percent of those surveyed were moonlighting to supplement their salaries. Teachers in Texas earned only 68 percent of what was needed to support a family of 4 in a middle-class but not affluent fashion. The rapid decline in real earning power that was observed in 1980 was checked over the past 2 years, due to larger than average salary increases. However, teaching salaries made no gain on the cost of living. Current findings offer no reason to revise the earlier prediction of a severe teacher shortage in Texas. It is planned that this study will be repeated every 2 years for the remainder of the decade. The 1982 survey questionnaire is appended to this report as well as a table comparing results of the l980 and l982 surveys. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Teachers Association.
Identifiers - Location: Texas