From Texas Public Radio:
This past May, the union that represents teachers and support personnel at the San Antonio Independent School District held a rally outside the district’s central office.
“If you support pay raises for workers let me hear you,” shouted the union president, Alejandra Lopez, to cheers.
After a tough year juggling a substitute shortage and hundreds of vacancies in every department, they had a message for the school board.
“We’re here to show the board that they must demonstrate their commitment to workers in the district by prioritizing a pay raise to attract and retain the high-quality staff that our students deserve,” Lopez said.
School boards across San Antonio heeded that call, approving raises ranging from $1,000 to $3,600 for teachers.
But when the new school year started in August, San Antonio districts had significantly more vacancies than the year: at least 772 according to a TPR analysis of data from 12 San Antonio school districts. That’s nearly double the number of vacancies the districts had the year before.