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Teacher shortages are only getting worse – even in Houston

Dr. Duncan Klussmann explains the shortages of teachers in HISD and other school districts nationwide.

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Teacher shortages are posing a significant challenge to many school districts across the country.

No single issue is responsible for these shortages as they seem to result from many contributing factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers leaving the profession due to dissatisfaction, and even people being deterred from pursuing the profession in the first place.

Houston is also no stranger to these shortages as HISD lost more than 130 teachers in just the first month of the school year, twice the amount of last year, with all but five of them leaving of their own volition, according to public records obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

In the audio above, Dr. Duncan Klussmann, former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, discusses why HISD – and, also other districts – are losing their teachers, why some people are choosing to not pursue teaching, as well as how these shortages can be remedied.