Thank You Sen. Berger – NC Schools From 2011 to 2018 Went From 19th to 40th

According to the 2011 Education Week Quality Counts Report, North Carolina’s public school system ranked 19th out of 50 states and D.C.

Then Sen. Phil Berger and others of his ilk decided to “reform” public education in NC.

They did the following (and more):

  • revamped the teacher pay scale
  • removed due-process rights for newer teachers
  • removed graduate degree pay for newer teachers
  • instituted bonus / merit pay
  • gave out uneven “average” raises
  • eliminated longevity pay
  • removed retiree health benefits for new hires after 2021
  • attacked teacher advocacy groups
  • increased standardized tests
  • gave ACT more power over how schools are measured
  • passed HB17 and gave state superintendent new powers
  • financed a lawsuit between state superintendent and state board
  • reorganized DPI
  • kept per-pupil expenditures low
  • removed class size cap
  • instituted a school performance grading system
  • cut teacher assistants
  • created a voucher system
  • deregulated charter schools
  • removed charter school caps
  • enabled virtual charter schools
  • created an ISD
  • eliminated the Teacher Fellow program and revived it as a small version of its former self
  • allowed a municipal charter school bill to pass

According to the 2018 Education Week Quality Counts Report, North Carolina’s public school system ranked 40th out of 50 states and D.C.

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2 thoughts on “Thank You Sen. Berger – NC Schools From 2011 to 2018 Went From 19th to 40th

  1. And cut longevity pay for teachers, but state employees still get it. Major discrimination against teachers with age and experience. Wish I knew an eager attorney who would file a class action suit against them.

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