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Texas school district hopes to lure NC teachers with higher pay

By Cathy Martin - May 28, 2014 - 3:00:00 pm

A former Guilford County Schools superintendent has come back to North Carolina to recruit talented teachers for Texas' largest school district, the Greensboro News & Record reports.

Terry Grier left the Guilford County school system in 2009 to lead the Houston Independent School District, where, according to the classified ad promoting the jobs, the starting annual salary for teachers is now $46,805, more than 50% higher than North Carolina's starting salary of $30,800.

A spokeswoman said this weekend's job fair, which will be held in Raleigh, is the second recruiting event the Houston district has held in the state this year. The first was in Chapel Hill.

The efforts highlight a need for raising teacher pay in North Carolina, which ranks near the bottom nationwide.

Today, Sen. President Pro Tem Phil Berger Sr. proposed a new teacher pay plan that would increase teacher pay by an average of more than 11%, though teachers would have to give up tenure to be eligible for pay raises. Berger said his proposal would be the largest teacher pay increase in state history.

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