According to TeachNC this morning, there are over 8500 vacancies in North Carolina for classroom teachers ALONE.
In all, there are over 23,600 vacancies.
Just looking at the teacher vacancies – the average salary of a teacher in NC is right under $55,000 a year (according to the report from the John Locke Foundation).
Teachers are paid ten months our of the year/ That would mean an average of $5,468 a month per teacher. But if 8504 teaching positions are still vacant, that means a little over $46 million dollars is not being paid in salaries on a monthly basis.
Add to that, there are retirement funds not being met by the state for those salaries.
Yet, the same amount of work is having to be done by fewer people whose salaries have not been altered.
We are in the third month of the school year.
Where is that $46 million dollars a month going?