In West Texas, Fort Stockton’s solution to a teacher shortage is a motel

Staci Ely in front of her room at the district-owned Spanish Trail Lodge in Fort Stockton.

Dr.  Gabriel Zamora.

Fort Stockton teacher Staci Ely works in her room at the Spanish Trail Lodge.

To house teachers recruited from across the state, Fort Stockton bought the Spanish Trail Lodge, where teachers pay $250/month.


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