It's a special kind of cruel irony that the only state in the country with the lowest legal minimum wage, no collective bargaining rights, no Medicaid expansion, loosely regulated vouchers and charter school expansion, a school performance grading system that measures achievement over growth, and the lowest corporate flat tax in the nation allows for … Continue reading UNIONIZE! NC Teachers (And All Public Employees) Should Have Collective Bargaining Rights
In April of 2021, an editorial appeared on WRAL.com that took State Superintendent Catherine Truitt to task about her commitment to the Leandro decision in the wake of a fast-tracked bill to bring more “science of reading” into elementary classrooms. It began, “In her first opportunity since becoming state Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt missed the … Continue reading Our State Superintendent Doesn’t Stand With Teachers. She’s Too Busy Working For Politicians And Privatizers.
Not too long ago, BEST NC published its annual report called Facts & Figures: Education in North Carolina. BESTNC stands for Business for Educational Success and Transformation North Carolina. Their legal name is North Carolina Business Leaders for Education. They tout a very impressive list of business leaders among their ranks, but their name is in … Continue reading Damn! The Average Teacher Compensation In NC Is $79,996? But Maybe Consider…
Here is the salary schedule that was in place for the 2020-2021 school year and was in place at the beginning of this last school year until the NCGA FINALLY passed a new budget: For those who are not teachers, make sure to pay attention to years 15-24. Frozen. 10 years of the same. There … Continue reading 10 Frozen Years: The NCGA’s Plan To Eliminate Career Teachers
Below is the salary schedule for a teacher in North Carolina for the 2021-2022 school year. Any teacher new to the profession in the last eight years would never be on the second schedule because newer teachers are not allowed a pay bump for graduate degrees. Notice how the salaries also plateau after year 15. … Continue reading They Are Already Cutting Teacher Retirement. Just Look.
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 … Continue reading The Endgame: To Make Public School Teaching A Short-Term Contract Job In North Carolina
Any 10th grade teachers in North Carolina still waiting for their EOCT test grades to be sent back so that final grades can be tabulated? Even if it is an end-of-course test that can be scanned through a machine or a test that has a writing component, those tests should be graded and rated "in … Continue reading State Tests For NC Should Not Be Graded By Third Party Vendors
You probably have now heard of Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson's latest "lesson" that he taught from his favorite type of classroom: the pulpit. Think of it as a lesson in gender studies. From WRAL.com (where the youtube link was found): https://www.youtube.com/embed/EGRvl3taMH8 Ironically, someone that Robinson caters to made a recent statement about gender studies not … Continue reading A Lesson In Gender Studies & Rhetoric By An Unintentional Teacher
When schools closed their buildings in this state on March 20, 2020, little did we know how long the effects of the pandemic and our response to it would last. Sadly, we are still reeling from the politicized reactions of COVID-19. I can't speak for all teachers, but I can honestly say that we have … Continue reading March 811th: Time For Teachers To Start Healing
From WRAL.com today: When this story was read this morning, this was the number of classroom teacher vacancies according to TeachNC. That's 21,402.