Texas briefs: Texas school district offers higher pay in Phoenix ads

Associated Press

PHOENIX — A Texas school district has placed advertisements on Phoenix billboards in an attempt to recruit Arizona teachers to a city with higher pay.

The Fort Worth Independent School District has rented five digital billboards in Phoenix that advertise a starting teacher salary of $52,000.

School district officials say the advertisements were placed in Arizona and Oklahoma to target both new and veteran teachers following the recent protests over pay in both states.

Oklahoma teachers walked out on April 2 to protest low pay, overcrowded classrooms and reduced school funding. The strike ended April 12 after an agreement was reached to increase pay and school funding.

Arizona lawmakers approved a plan earlier this month to hike teacher salaries after a six-day walkout by educators that shut down most schools statewide.

Officials say the Fort Worth district has up to 800 job openings. The district has about 86,000 students and more than 10,000 employees.

The billboards went live on Monday and will stay up for a month, officials said.

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