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Texas school system holds job fair for NC teachers

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Aim Higher NC rallied to outside the job fair to keep teachers in North Carolina. (Shumuriel Ratliff/WNCN) Aim Higher NC rallied to outside the job fair to keep teachers in North Carolina. (Shumuriel Ratliff/WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

As the controversy over teacher pay in North Carolina continues, educators had a chance to consider their options in another state Saturday morning.

The Houston Independent School District was in Raleigh holding a job fair to hire away North Carolina teachers.

No cameras were allowed inside the Double Tree Hotel, but job fair attendees said hundreds of applicants were inside.

Some teachers said staying in North Carolina is not an option and if the price is right, they will call Texas home.

"North Carolina is not a very good state to be in to be a teacher," said Chelsea McCarthy. She attended the job fair out of curiosity, but she said she's very happy where she currently works.

"If I get accepted, I'm ready to go," said Cumberland County teacher Rena Khanna.

Khanna hopes to get an offer from the Lone Star State since she has family there.

"I like the support you get," she said. "The pay is a bonus, but the support; I'm looking forward to that."

North Carolina is 46th in the nation when it comes to teacher pay. The Houston Independent School District is offering starting salaries of around $47,000 dollars. That's an $11,000 increase in salary.

While some educators considered their options out west, the fight continues for higher teacher pay in North Carolina.

Aim Higher NC rallied to outside the job fair to keep teachers in North Carolina. Durham Spanish teacher Marilyn Rodriguez stood on Hillsborough Street with a sign and said it was sad saying goodbye to her students.

"Basically it has come down to not being able to afford my job anymore," she said. "This is my fifth year teaching and it is sad that I have become a statistic.

Wake County Schools said at least 600 teachers have quit since the start of the school year. With more possibly looking for the door, teachers have this message for lawmakers.

"We need teachers to stay that's the bottom line," said Rodriguez. "We need teachers to stay and the measures that have been implemented right now are going to push more and more people away because it's demoralizing. You don't want to do your job and feel like it's a charity."

Gov. Pat McCrory has promised that teachers will soon have a starting salary of $35,000, but that's still not as much as they would pay teachers to start out in Houston.

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Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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