I am currently in my fifteenth year of teaching here in my second stint in North Carolina. Before I moved to the metro Atlanta area, I had taught two other years in the same system where I now work.
When I came back as a “new” teacher, Phil Berger and Tim Moore were not in power. And as a “new” teacher the following was freely given to new teachers as part of the agreement to be employed by the state of North Carolina:
- A salary schedule that had step increases for every year of service.
- The opportunity to receive due-process rights when I had obtained a continuing certificate after three successful years of teaching.
- A schedule that included a seven period day with two planning periods and five classes that were capped in size.
- Graduate degree pay as I had obtained my masters degree.
- Health benefits as a retiree if I retired as a teacher in NC.
- Money paid by the state to pursue National Boards.
- Paid professional development from the state as it was in the budget.
- The opportunity to receive longevity pay after 10 years of service like other state employees.
- The absence of a school performance grading system that weighs test scores over student growth.
- The knowledge that all monies designated for public education was actually going to public schools.
If I was to become a new teacher in 2020 with years of Berger and Moore and all of their “reforms,” how many of those would be available to me now?