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In Texas, Rural Teachers Face A Big Pay Gap

Will Burney
Linda Rothey, Adam Rothey, and their children in Big Bend National Park. Linda Rothey currently teaches in Alpine, a small town just over an hour north of BBNP. Previously, she taught in Coppell ISD, outside of Dallas

Even if the legislature gives educators an across-the-board pay raise, as some leaders have suggested, teachers in many rural districts will still rank far behind their urban and suburban counterparts.

Will Burney is a Texas State Graduate with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications. He began his career in Houston working as a sound mixer for commercials and films, as well as a photographer. In 2016, he began working in Waco on the Texas Music Cafe handling marketing, editing, and producing feature segments. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks on the beach and his fluffy black cat named Bear.