The 2019 Texas legislative session began last month with the states’ leaders saying they would prioritize the school finance system, maybe even giving teachers an across the board raise.
School districts, especially in rural Texas, are paying attention.
According to the Texas Education Agency, Texas has more schools in rural areas than any other state…but, when it comes to public policy, big cities can dominate the conversation.
So in this series, reporters talked to teachers, administrators and the advocates who support them. We’ll hear about the struggles and successes of rural schools and teachers, and what they say they need from lawmakers in Austin.
The series was produced by the Texas Standard with reporters from across the state.
- For Rural School Districts, Filling Key Teaching Positions Can Be A Challenge by Mallory Falk, KRWG
- In Texas, Rural Teachers Face A Big Pay Gap by Will Burney
- Making A Classroom, And Prioritizing Electives: Practical Challenges For Rural Texas Schools by Heather Claborn, KACU
- How Retired Rural Teachers Cope When Life In The Country Isn’t Necessarily Cheaper by Scott Morgan, KETR
- How One Tiny School District In Rural West Texas Is Making It Work by Sally Beauvais, Marfa Public Radio