PHOENIX (AP) - 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.
This electronic billboard is appearing in at least 5 Arizona locations recruiting teachers for the Fort Worth, TX School District. What do you think? Smart? Too soon? Disrespectful— Mike Robison (@mrobisonfox10) May 30, 2018
Does it put more pressure on AS to pay teachers more? @FOX10Phoenix @CarmenMB_Fox10 #FOX10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/q0158oQ4lU
Arizona lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries after a six-day walkout by educators 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.