Teacher Vacancy Task Force Overview

Task Force Final Report

The Teacher Vacancy Task Force's (TVTF) final report, Developing a Thriving Teacher Workforce in Texas, includes policy recommendations to address teacher vacancies throughout Texas. 

Through examining research and evidence, considering the perspectives of educators across the state, and continuous stakeholder input, the TVTF developed recommendations focused on support for teachers in the key areas of teacher compensation, training and support, and working conditions. In order for these recommendations to be implemented and expanded, the TVTF recommends that they not only be offered as options for districts, but that additional funding be allocated at the level necessary for successful implementation.

The TVTF was established in March 2022 by Governor Abbott to examine teacher retention and recruitment challenges across Texas. The TVTF met from March 2022 to February 2023 with the primary objectives of understanding challenges school systems are facing related to teacher vacancies and developing recommendations for regulatory or other policy changes for the Texas Education Agency, the Texas legislature, and local school systems.

Task Force Regional Representation

The Task Force was 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 met from March 2022 through February 2023, 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. 

Agenda & Preliminary Executive Summary Presentation Decks Summary Notes
Meeting Agenda Opening Session Opening Session
Preliminary Executive Summary Breakout: Compensation Breakout: Compensation
  Breakout: Training and Support Breakout: Training and Support
  Breakout: Working Conditions Breakout: Working Conditions
  Closing Session Closing Session
    Summary Presentation (March 23, 2023)


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 Teacher Hiring Resources Webpage
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) 7 Ways to Qualify an Uncertified Teacher  External Webpage


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.