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ERIC Number: ED434113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-5
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
The Teacher Shortage in Texas: How Are School Districts Coping?
Gonzalez, Humberto
This study examined issues affecting teacher shortages in Texas, noting how school districts were dealing with it. The research focused on whether district size, ethnic student makeup, or district property wealth would make a difference in a school district's ability to recruit and retain quality teachers. A two-part questionnaire was mailed to all Texas school districts, and 325 out of 1,078 responded. The questionnaire asked for quantitative data about types of vacancies, percentage of students in various academic programs, starting salaries, extra pay for types of degrees and certification, local incentives and benefits for teachers, strategies for filling vacancies, and conditions under which non-certified teachers were hired. It also asked for qualitative data about the impact of teacher shortage; retaining, recruiting, and mentoring; and strategies the state should implement to guarantee an adequate supply of teachers. Researchers grouped the districts by student population numbers and divided them into categories of wealth and categories of ethnicity (predominantly Hispanic or predominantly white). Results indicated that ethnicity made a significant difference in the number of teaching vacancies. Size also made a significant difference, but wealth had no effect on the number of vacancies school districts reported. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas