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Lawmakers consider ideas to help retain good teachers

Texas is having a hard time finding and retaining good teachers. Now lawmakers and education leaders are looking for solutions.

Teacher turnover is costing schools and the state money, and part of the problem is teacher pay. Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes says he has an idea that may keep teachers from dropping the teaching profession..for more lucrative careers, "What if we put teachers on an 11 month contract. And what if we spent those other two months with teachers working in groups, developing the curriculum, working on strategies for helping children from all backgrounds succeed in their particular schools."

Paredes says that would improve student and teacher performance while upping their pay with two more paychecks. The idea has the support of the Texas Education Commissioner.

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