Teacher Vacancy Task Force Overview


TEA establishes task force to address ongoing staffing concerns


From urban and suburban school systems with large student populations to those districts serving rural communities, public school systems across Texas are faced with growing staffing challenges that have been exacerbated by both population growth and the wide-ranging disruptions of a two-year-long pandemic. The Teacher Vacancy Task Force is working to find teacher-shaped solutions to these challenges - blending a variety of perspectives and experiences from current classroom teachers and school administrators - into thoughtful policy recommendations and an innovative way forward that firmly supports the needs of our teachers.


Understand the challenges districts are currently facing related to teacher vacancies


Share best practices for addressing critical teacher vacancy and shortage areas, including exploring opportunities for certification, placement, and hiring flexibilities


Develop recommendations for regulatory or other policy changes for TEA and the state


Provide feedback on TEA initiatives designed to help impact vacancies



If you have any questions or comments related to the work of the Teacher Vacancy Task Force, please contact us at: TEATeacherVacancyTaskForce@tea.texas.gov.

*Given the high volume of interest we received in the Task Force, we were not able to accommodate all volunteers. The deadline for submitting nominations for the additional teacher members of the Task Force was on April 1, 2022. Following the deadline, TEA staff reviewed nomination forms, interviewed candidates, and checked references. For more information on the teacher selection process for participation on the Task Force, please see the Teacher Vacancy Task Force Teacher Selection Updates presentation linked on the TVTF webpage.

Task Force Regional Representation

The Task Force is comprised of teachers and school system leaders in public education hailing from a variety of districts and geographies, and serving student populations that are representative of the diversity of Texas.

Task Force Membership List

Meeting Dates, Slide Decks and Notes

The Task Force will meet every other month for one year, with Commissioner Morath and agency leadership regularly facilitating discussions with Task Force members, while including insights gathered from experts and additional education stakeholders throughout the State of Texas. 


Source Resource Type
Socorro ISD Strategic Staffing: Teacher Residency in Socorro ISD PDF
Forney ISD Forney Academy to Certify Teachers PDF
Third Future Schools 2022-2023 TFS Staffing Plan PDF
Source Resource Type
TEA Frequently Asked Questions (Updated June 10th, 2022) PDF
TEA Teacher Assignment Flexibility PDF
TEA Use of Retired Teachers to Support Staffing Webpage
TASB (Texas Association of School Boards)

TASB HR Services Resources 

External Webpage
TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) 7 Ways to Qualify an Uncertified Teacher  External Webpage