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Texas lowering education requirements for CPS caseworkers

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DALLAS (AP) - The state of Texas has begun hiring applicants without college degrees to be Child Protective Services caseworkers after low salaries led to staff shortages and turnover woes.

The Dallas Morning News reports the state lifted its college requirements this week with changed online descriptions of how candidates for nearly 200 CPS job vacancies would be screened.

Starting salaries for Texas CPS caseworkers start as low as $34,000. The newspaper reports Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials argued in recent internal communications that such low salaries would grate on college graduates but not necessarily those with only a high school education.

The revised policy now calls for crediting high school graduates and holders of associate degrees for their work experience in related fields.

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