Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina could receive an increase in salary and a higher certificate if they held graduate degrees.
That does not happen any longer.
Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina could receive due-process rights after a few years of teaching to allow themselves a chance for defense if their jobs were threatened. And that was before all of these claims of indoctrination, looking for books that need to be banned, and CRT hoaxes.
Since 2014, new teachers do not get due-process rights.
Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina received longevity pay if they had served for a certain number of years.
They no longer get that, even if all other state employees do.
Ten years ago, the salary schedule would provide step increases for each year that a teacher served in the classroom.
Now that salary scale tops off at year 15 for ten years.
10 years ago, schools were not measured by school performance grades.
North Carolina now uses a school grading system that weighs results of standardized tests much more than growth measures.
10 years ago EVAAS was not the powerful yet erroneous value-added measure system used to “label” teachers.
It is now.
And now new teachers will not be able to get retiree health benefits.
We as a state have been losing teachers. And that trend is gaining momentum.
So when a veteran teacher looks at this new plan to “strengthen” our teaching force:
It’s hard not to see that the goal in North Carolina is to make teaching a short-term occupation for contract workers willing to just deliver prepackaged “curriculum” to students who cannot afford private schools or homeschooling.
6 thoughts on “The Endgame: To Make Public School Teaching A Short-Term Contract Job In North Carolina”
Mr. Stu…This start in the 90’s to destroy public education in NC!
This is SO unacceptable, but there it is! Whom do we thank for this third world result? They, who ever they are, will be very sorry in a few years when nobody can succeed, progress, communicate, function, read, empathize, exist. That’s my prediction, and I’m sticking to it!
We thank Republicans. This started when Republicans gained control of the NCGA and had a Republican governor who would not veto the legislation. Until we get Democrats back in control nothing changes.
Staffing shortages are already at a crisis level from a NC teacher shortage, yet, the state is still making highly qualified educators from out of state jump through ridiculous red tape to get certified. We have a teacher currently certified in two states and holds a masters in reading, a bachelors in education and about 20 years experience. The state of NC will not accept any of these credentials and are making her pass Praxis tests in math and reading so she can teach middle school history.
She is having to pay for these tests. She could easily go to any of our border states and be treated like a professional. Why are career teachers treated so poorly in this state?
NC can and should do better! I’ve been in this profession for 27.5 years. It is a travesty what has been happening in my beloved state. They are ruining education for educators and students. I hate to admit it, but I’ve told my own children to get really great paying careers because they may have no choice but to send their own children to private schools as public education is deteriorating at a rapid rate. I thank God I have only two years left.
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