Texas School District Wants To Hire NC Teachers

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Texas school district wants to hire North Carolina teachers.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is recruiting the teachers through a post in the Gannett-owned careerbuilder.com. It also placed an ad in Raleigh's News & Observer.

The school district seems to be aware of North Carolina teachers' low pay, which is among the lowest in the nation. In the post, it says teacher's starting salaries would be $46,805.

Here a statement from Houston Independent School District officials:

"With more than 280 schools serving nearly 200,000 students district-wide, Houston Independent School District is always looking for the best and brightest teachers to lead our students to achieve the highest academic levels. We draw a large percentage of recruits from Texas, however, we recruit across the nation. We follow national trends and leverage industry data to find educators who are strong critical thinkers, excellent problem solvers and are constantly looking for ways to improve their craft," said Sheleah Reed with the Houston Independent School District.

Full Coverage: N.C. Teacher Pay

At the helm of HISD is Superintendent Terry B. Grier. Before joining HISD in 2009, Grier was the superintendent at Guilford County Schools from 2000-08.

HISD is holding a recruiting event Saturday in Raleigh for the 2014-15 school year.

Read: HISD's Job Post On Careerbuilder.com

A study from the National Education Association ranked North Carolina 46th in the nation for teacher pay. The state's average salary is $45,737 – more than $10,000 below the national average.

In April, Wake County school officials reported a 41 percent increase in teacher resignations in 2014.

In the beginning of May, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory unveiled a proposal that would increase teacher pay across the state. McCrory's plan includes an increase in base pay for teachers that would not be less than $35,000.


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