This op-ed was co-authored by Every Texan’s Economic Opportunity Program Director Chandra Villanueva and Texas AFT president Zeph Capo for the San Antonio Express-News.
While we’re all paying higher prices at the pump and grocery store, many of us are disproportionately impacted. Many are hurting, but our teachers and public school employees are at a breaking point, creating a crisis for Texas teacher recruitment and retention.
When the Texas American Federation of Teachers surveyed its members in November, an astounding 66 percent of teachers and school staff who responded said they were considering leaving their profession. Low pay and overwork were the two most significant pressures pushing them to leave.