Fort Bend ISD is a wealthy school district to the southwest of Houston. They are laying off front-line teachers. Property tax revenues are down like everywhere else, so they are facing a budget crunch.
Meanwhile, there appears to be a lot of fat that can be cut on the non-instructional side. Not one high school principal is in the top 10 salary range. I'm no fan of the teachers' union mentality, but it seems to me that a lot of instructors can be kept if they chopped the highly-paid admins that don't teach. (For readers in high-cost parts of the US, to you these salaries may seem reasonable. But keep in mind that the cost of living here is far less. Way far less.)
Today, another kerfuffle. Mary Ann Simpson, Fort Bend ISD's Chief Communications Officer (refer to salary list), says that "Fort Bend ISD has in the past hired a limited number of teachers who hold H1B visas, but only to fill vacancies that no U.S. citizen was qualified to fill. The practice of international hiring has all but stopped in the last year."
Notice the qualifier "all but stopped". I am sorry for being skeptical, but I have my doubts that there are no qualified American ESL teachers looking for work.