NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — With weeks to go, many school districts in North Texas are still looking to fill their classrooms with teachers.
Burnout, low pay, teaching during a pandemic and lack of student attention were among the reasons some teachers cited for deciding to leave the profession.
Now, these positions are looking to be filled and the competition is strong.
“The added challenge has been how much more competitive it is right now and ultimately how much fewer applicants there are in the teacher pool,” said Chris Goodson, assistant superintendent of human resources at Richardson ISD. .
Districts like Richardson have increased their starting salary to $57,000 and offer incentives like a $1,750 stipend for new teachers, plus an additional $6,000 if the teacher is bilingual.
“We think it’s helped us be more competitive with our neighboring districts because again, we’re all trying to find the best candidates,” Goodson added.
Neighboring districts like Dallas ISD have increased their starting salaries to $60,000 with a $2,000 bonus for new teachers.
“We hope we can attract and secure the best talent in our classrooms, just to make sure we have the great teachers who will help us achieve excellence and equity in our classrooms for our students,” said Diana Castaneda, hiring manager for DISD. .
At DeSoto ISD, they’re giving $6,500 pay raises at all levels.
“We’ve been pretty aggressive in having job fairs every week throughout the summer, so we’re at an 80% staffing rate, and so we’re really excited about that,” Usamah Rodgers said. , Superintendent of Schools for DeSoto ISD.
But across North Texas, thousands of teaching positions have yet to be filled.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Rena Honea, president of Alliance AFT, the teachers’ union that represents Dallas ISD members.
Honea said if these positions are not filled on the first day of classes, it could have consequences for your child’s education.
“If we don’t have enough people, class sizes will increase when no one is available or when a teacher is absent,” Hones added.
The rush is on to find those who will teach our next generation.
“As we prepare for the start of the school year, we hope to close these teacher openings,” Castaneda added.
To help fill the need, Dallas ISD is hosting an in-person job fair tomorrow at Emmet J Conrad High School at 7502 Fair Oaks Avenue from 4-6 p.m.
To apply for jobs with Dallas ISD, click here.
For DeSoto ISD, click here.
And for Richardson ISD, click here.