California, Here I Go. . .

California teachers are leaving the Golden State, but not for higher salaries. And they’re flocking to a Right to Work states, where the cost of everything is lower than in a forced-dues state like California.  Texas also has a Right to Work law, and no teacher is forced to join or pay dues to a labor union in order to get or keep a job.  Also, monopoly bargaining is outlawed in Texas, so no teacher is represented by an ”exclusive representative” he or she did not choose.

Phillip Reese has the story in the Sacramento Bee.

From 2003 through 2016, about 18,000 more elementary and secondary school teachers left California than came from other states, according to a Bee review of U.S. Census Bureau data. The worst losses were during the height of the housing boom, when home prices were peaking, but they have continued throughout the economic recovery.

California saw the largest net loss of teachers to Texas. About 6,000 more teachers left California for Texas than came here from the Lone Star State from 2003 through 2016.