About That New Teacher Licensure Process Proposal

This graphic summarizing a new teacher licensure path has been in the works for a while, but not really introduced as a formal proposal until recently.

A good summary of this new proposal can be found on EdNC.org.

That report states:

Miller (Supt. of Greene County Schools) presented along with Tom Tomberlin, director of educator recruitment and support at the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI). They talked first about the work of the Human Capital Roundtable on licensure.

The Human Capital Roundtable — a group of state education leaders and educators working on strategies to hire and keep good teachers — presented a set of recommendations to the State Board of Education, which was then forwarded to PEPSC in 2021.

The Roundtable concluded that the most effective way to get and keep teachers was to change North Carolina’s licensure process.

“The overarching goal is to create an outcomes-based licensure system,” Miller said.

If there is one thing that is true is that this state is having a very hard time recruiting and keeping teachers in our schools.

Funny, there is already an initiative to get teachers in our classrooms: TeachNC. But that initiative really has shown nothing more than how many vacancies our state has in public education.

Here’s today’s numbers (as of this morning, 1/21/22):

That’s 22,696 total vacancies in our schools reported to TeachNC. Of those, 8338 are for classroom teachers.

If you look at the entire article, you will see that BEST NC is part of the teacher recruitment aspect of this overall plan. Actually, they already have been part of it.

They are a primary component of that TeachNC initiative.

But it’s the “outcomes-based” part of the proposal that really shows the disconnect in this entire plan. VAM, EVAAS, test scores, merit pay, and etc. all have been introduced before in this state and not improved “outcomes.”

What they need to focus on is what should be in place for teachers and students in schools before they even talk about “outcomes.”

Here’s a good place to start. And much more time and research went into it. It’s all right here – Sound Basic Education for All – An Action Plan for North Carolina.

It’s also known as the Leandro Report.

  • Finding #1: Funding in North Carolina has declined over the last decade.
  • Finding #2: The current distribution of education funding is inequitable.
  • Finding #3: Specific student populations need higher levels of funding.
  • Finding #4: Greater concentrations of higher-needs students increases funding needs.
  • Finding #5: Regional variations in costs impact funding needs.
  • Finding #6: The scale of district operations impacts costs.
  • Finding #7: Local funding and the Classroom Teacher allotments create additional funding inequities.
  • Finding #8: New constraints on local flexibility hinder district ability to align resources with student needs.
  • Finding #9: Restrictions on Classroom Teacher allotments reduce flexibility and funding levels.
  • Finding #10: Frequent changes in funding regulations hamper budget planning.
  • Finding #11: The state budget timeline and adjustments create instability.
  • Finding #12: There is inadequate funding to meet student needs.

But DPI seems to have a big aversion to anything dealing with Leandro.