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Teachers, parents and students in North Carolina are worried that quality educators in the state are leaving for teaching jobs elsewhere in search of higher salaries.

Now it looks like other states are trying to actively play a role in doing just that: getting North Carolina teachers to leave their school districts and come work in places where they'll be paid substantially more.

Today the Houston Independent School District placed an ad in a Raleigh, N.C. newspaper urging teachers here to go work in Houston where the salaries are much higher.

Layla Stanley, a teacher at Sterling Elementary, has been teaching for a decade. She says she's making less now than when she started.

When she moved to Charlotte from Atlanta, she says the decrease in pay was difficult to adjust to. Now she's having to watch her friends and colleagues leave either the state, or the profession itself, in search of a better way to make a living.

Houston Teacher's Union President Gayle Fallon says school districts there are just trying to address their own need for more teachers.

"Houston is a very difficult district to work for, and we're having to replace a lot of teachers. We have a lot of the baby boomers retiring, and then we have the people that are just leaving for the 23 surrounding school districts... many of which pay more," says Fallon.

Stanley says she's considered leaving to make things easier for herself and her future family, but her 'kids' remain more important to her than making more money.






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