Give That Money to Expand The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program to Its Original State

This past week Mark Johnson released his budget recommendations for the next two-year cycle for the North Carolina General Assembly to use in their shaky investment in NC’s public schools.

He published those recommendations on his website. And here is an interesting segment:

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There is a $750K request for TeachNC which was described by Kelly Hinchcliffe this past Thursday in WRAL.com.

His second initiative is a collaboration among the Department of Public Instruction, BEST NC and Teach.org, with support from the Belk Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Coastal Credit Union. “Teach NC,” launching this spring, is a “public-private teacher appreciation campaign to better align the image of the teaching profession with the fruitful, fulfilling career it is and develop a statewide teacher-recruitment system to attract the next generation of North Carolina teachers.”

Right above that “request” is a line for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, whose current version is but a shadow of the program that put so many great teachers in our NC schools.

This latest iteration of the Teaching Fellow Program only accommodates 160 potential teachers at “only one of five public or private universities to be selected by an appointed committee by Nov. 15” for only select fields. This comes nowhere to replacing a program that yearly helped train 500 potential teachers at multiple campuses  in a variety of subjects who were for 25 years also walking advertisements for teaching in the state that was at one time committed to public schools.

$750K to the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program would be a more worthwhile investment than a public relations campaign run by private entities who would use taxpayer money to try and spin how badly the NCGA has treated the profession of teaching in public schools.

It also shows Johnson’s loyalties.