Each year, approximately 36,000 teachers leave the profession, and nearly one-third quit teaching within five years of entering the field. The poor quality of certain preparation programs and the inability to retain quality teachers in the profession are costly for school districts, which bear the financial burden of recruiting and onboarding new teachers.4 More importantly, constant teacher turnover is detrimental for low-income students and students of color, who are disproportionately served by inexperienced and ill-prepared teachers.
Texas can do better. House Bill 3 (86th-R) provided a good first step by increasing teacher pay, continuing professional development, and funding mentor teachers. In addition to our other policy recommendations, these programs will need continued support and development.