If NC Wants To Recruit Great Teachers, Then…

In North Carolina, we are not just losing teachers.

We are not even getting teachers to lose. Just look at the decline of teacher candidates in our schools of education.

From Fortune in the December 28th, 2018 report “America Is Losing Its Teachers at a Record Rate”:

Frustrated by little pay and better opportunities elsewhere, public school teachers and education employees in the United States are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate on record.

During the first 10 months of the year, public educators, including teachers, community college faculty members, and school psychologists, quit their positions at a rate of 83 per 10,000, Labor Department figures obtained by The Wall Street Journal show. That’s the highest rate since the government started collecting the data in 2001. It’s also nearly double the 48 per 10,000 educators who quit their positions in 2009, the year with the lowest number of departures.

According to the report, teachers are leaving for a variety of reasons. Unemployment is low, which means there are other, potentially more lucrative opportunities elsewhere. Better pay, coupled with tight budgets and, in some cases, little support from communities could also push educators to other positions.

So, what is North Carolina doing about it?

Things like this:

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And this (SB599):

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And this:

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Rather than restoring graduate degree pay and due-process for new teachers, expanding the Teaching Fellow program, and pretty much reversing all of the “reforms” enacted in the last eight years here in North Carolina, we are de-professionalizing what is arguable one of the most important jobs this state has: teaching.

Teacher recruitment through initiatives like the ones above are not working to build the teacher workforce that this state needs. What those initiatives are doing is helping create a public school system that will rely on a more temporary contractors void of extensive training and experience.

And our students, schools, community, and state will suffer from it.