If salaries and conditions are so reprehensible in this county, would there have been 6,867 applicants for 356 open positions? There is no correlation between teacher salary and positive student outcomes. If there were, Baltimore City would be turning out a lot more scholars. HC test scores just might be the highest due to the "raw material" with which the educators are presented. The average HC student comes from parents who value education and who have provided a steady diet of enrichment activities and even travel experiences. This raw material has been nurtured, had its self-esteem built, and been told that the future is limitless.