Not really poaching

But the incentives are considerable:

The Ed Biz is a bit different in Texas: Independent School Districts — all but one are so designated — fall under the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency, but TEA does not set salaries and no longer mandates specific textbooks.

Says the Fort Worth district about the billboards:

The passion and concern for children recently demonstrated by thousands of Oklahoma teachers who rallied at the state capital are exactly the attributes Fort Worth ISD wants for our classroom leaders.

Fort Worth Independent School District is a vibrant, growing urban district of 86,000 students, 143 campuses and more than 10,000 employees. Our new teacher starting salary is $52,000. The District is committed to a plan of improving early years literacy, achieving significant success in middle years math, and ensuring that ALL students are prepared for college, career and community leadership.

I assume that FWISD faces the same challenges as other urban school districts: they’re not all that rich.

And the Tulsa World’s Sam Hardiman notes:

Ouch.

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