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Houston system made 12 offers to NC teachers in Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A Houston school system looking to hire North Carolina teachers said Monday that 328 teachers attended its job fair in Raleigh on Saturday, and that the system made 12 offers.

The Houston Independent School District interviewed teachers at a Raleigh hotel.

Sheleah Reed, spokeswoman for the district, said the Houston system didn’t have a set number of teachers it planned to try to recruit from North Carolina.

“There was no magic number,” she said. “If we’d found 100 we felt met the standards, we would have taken 100. If we met 10, we would have taken 10.”

The Houston district is a huge one, with 12,000 teachers in 282 schools.

The Houston district’s efforts to hire North Carolina teachers underscored the dramatic difference in pay between teachers in North Carolina and other states.

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.

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