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In May, the Houston Independent placed an ad in the News & Observer about a job fair on May 31 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Raleigh. In May, the Houston Independent placed an ad in the News & Observer about a job fair on May 31 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Raleigh.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The Houston Independent School District in Texas is once again poaching teachers from North Carolina.

The school district posted an application on its website and information about another job fair in Raleigh on Wednesday, at the Renaissance Hotel in North Hills.

In May, the Houston Independent placed an ad in The News & Observer about a job fair on May 31 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Raleigh.

The district is led by former Guilford County Schools Superintendent Terry Grier.

According to the Houston Independent School District, they are looking for teachers in Bilingual Education, Secondary Science and Math, as well as Special Education.

In May, officials from the Texas district held a job fair in Raleigh to recruit teachers. The system later said it made 12 offers to North Carolina teachers.

Wake County Public Schools announced in April that 600 teachers had quit since the start of the school year. That is a 41 percent increase over the same number who had resigned around the same time last year.

At $30,800, North Carolina has one of the lowest starting teacher salaries in the nation.

The Houston Independent School District boasts a $49,100 starting salary in the ad on its website.

Wednesday’s job fair is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Carolina lawmakers are still working on a budget to increase teacher salary.

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