This week the ABC-TV affiliate in Houston, Texas has profiled some of the North Carolina teachers who took the school district up on their offer of higher pay, if they agreed to relocate more than 1,000 miles away and teach in the the Lone Star state.
Here’s an excerpt from the Eyewitness News story:
‘[Brittany] Emanuel says it was a $13,000 difference for her to move here from Greensboro, North Carolina.
Another teacher, Ricky Ferguson, says he nearly doubled his salary. He too moved from the Tar Heel State. He and Emanuel are two of 39 teachers HISD recruited from North Carolina during four separate recruitment fairs in the across that state this summer.
“I enjoy my job,” says Ferguson, who starts as a science teacher Monday at Cesar Chavez High School. “I enjoy what I do. I’m trying to better myself and my family and Texas is where it’s at.”
New teachers from North Carolina represent roughly 10 percent of all new out of state teacher hires this school year.
Why is HISD targeting North Carolina teachers? The answer might lie within the walls of the State Capitol Building.
After years with no raises, earlier this month North Carolina legislators approved an increase in salary for teachers effective this year. But critics of the budget plan say it’s not enough.
“I would say we are in crisis mode right now,” Mark Jewell tells Eyewitness News.
Jewell is with the North Carolina Association of Educators. He says HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, who used to work with Jewell in North Carolina, knows teachers are ripe for the picking because of low pay and lack of funding.
“He is doing probably what any employer would want to do, is go and look where there is discontent and offer them something better,” Jewell said.
Starting pay at HISD is roughly $49,000 a year. In North Carolina it averages $33,000. It takes a teacher there twenty five years of service to reach $49,000.’
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