Houston goes fishing again for teachers in Greensboro

The Greensboro News & Record reported this weekend that the Houston Independent School District, which is led by former Guilford County schools chief Terry Grier, held another job fair for teachers at a hotel on Saturday.

Houston is offering starting teachers with no experience $49,100 — a far cry from North Carolina’s current base starting salary of $33,000 (some local districts offer salary supplements).

Depending on experience, Houston’s salaries could top $80,000 for some teachers. In North Carolina, base teacher salaries max out at $50,000.

“The bottom line is we have to provide for our families and provide for ourselves,” Jeff Roberts, a Thomasville teacher told media at a news conference to discuss concerns about teacher pay in North Carolina.

The lure of higher pay is pulling teachers away from North Carolina, harming the state’s future, Democratic leaders said at that news conference held outside the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton.

Houston held job fairs for teachers twice in 2014, in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte.

The National Education Association estimates that North Carolina will rank 42nd in teacher pay in 2015 — that’s with the average 7 percent pay raise lawmakers enacted last year and well below Senate leader Phil Berger’s estimation that the pay bump would bring North Carolina up in the rankings to 32nd.

Read more about the Houston job fair for teachers over at the News & Record.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    It would be interesting to see how many actually make the move from NC to TX. All these years of oppressive democrap rule keeping the salaries down has hurt. Luckily we are trying to do something about it now that Republicans are in power. It may be hard to overcome though as Texas is and has been a Republican stronghold for a long time and they are set up to able to do the right thing for education. They don’t have to tear down the shoddy rule and neglectful policies of democraps.

  2. david esmay

    March 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    LSD, I can’t stop laughing at your post, it sounds like something from the “Onion”. Nice use of parody and sarcasm.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    March 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I like your response. It reveals your true deranged state.

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