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Houston is on the hunt for NC teachers once again

On the heels of its Raleigh job fair in May, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is once again looking to poach North Carolina’s school teachers to come work in Texas for much higher pay. The Texas school district will be holding job fairs this week in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.Houston

The available jobs in Houston, according to Greensboro’s News & Record, are in “critical shortage” areas including bilingual education, secondary math and science, special education and career and technical education.

HISD, which is headed by former Guilford County Schools superintendent Terry Grier, advertises a starting salary for teachers of $49,100. In North Carolina, the starting salary for teachers is currently $30,800. The advertisement says the Houston school district is “prepared to make job offers on the spot.”

North Carolina currently ranks 46th in the nation in teacher pay, and there has been no shortage of attention to the fact that teachers, who haven’t seen a significant pay increase in six years, are leaving the state in large numbers.

Lawmakers are currently embroiled in a budget battle over how much more to pay teachers, proposing anywhere from a 6 to 11 percent pay raise and bringing the starting salary for teachers up to $35,000.

But those salary increases may come at the expense of teacher assistants, who could be laid off in large numbers this fall to pay for the pay bumps.

See HISD’s job fair advertisements here, here and here.

5 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Think about it. If they are offering that kind of starting pay, it’s because teachers in that area don’t want to go into that system. It’s an awful system judging by this article so money is not everything.

    “The Texas Education Agency released a list today of the worst-performing schools in the state. These are the campuses where 50 percent or more of the students failed TAKS in any two of the last three years or were rated “academically unacceptable” .
    Dallas ISD, the second-largest district in Texas, had the most schools on the list — 48. Next up were Houston ISD, the state’s largest district, and Fort Worth ISD, with 30 schools each.
    Under the state’s Public Education Grant program, students at those campuses on the list can apply to transfer to another district or to another campus in the same district. Find more details here.”

  2. ML

    July 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    But money talks. Shouldn’t we try to maintain talented professionals with competitive wages. Your argument only compares one aspect even though you say money isn’t everything, it is a part of the problem.

  3. gregflynn

    July 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Part of the problem is that Alex’s quote is from a 2009 article and the cut/paste omits the phrase “in 2007, 2008 or 2009″.

  4. david esmay

    July 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Money and a challenge, couldn’t be more fulfilling to a professional Alex!

  5. Jim Wiseman

    July 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    And to think they can offer more pay in a state with no income tax.