North Carolina teachers struggling with low salaries and repeated pay freezes are being lured from the state with an appealing offer: For a substantial raise, come teach in Texas.
The Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in uptown Charlotte on Friday, offering higher pay and benefits to teachers whose salaries are among the lowest in the nation. District representatives at the four-hour event were prepared to interview and make job offers to instructors certified in any of four “critical shortage areas”: secondary math, secondary science, bilingual education and special education.
The Friday event capped off a week of recruiting in North Carolina, following similar events held in Greensboro and Raleigh.
With debate still swirling in the General Assembly over their pay raises for next year and no budget finalized, teachers say the Houston offer – a $49,100 starting salary – is enticing, particularly for younger ones willing to move.