10 Intentionally Cruel Ironies About Public Education in NC

  1. North Carolina has had record budget surpluses but refuses to acknowledge the LEANDRO decision that emphatically states that NC has failed to fully fund our public school system for decades.
  2. Teachers fill out a working conditions survey every other year for the state that has no questions about how teachers feel the state handles public education, but Supt. Truitt has a process for a statewide Parent Advisory Committee that allows for individual input.
  3. SAS releases EVAAS scores for a current class well after the school year has begun. In the case for high school block classes, these EVAAS scores come nearer to the end of the semester than at the beginning.
  4. Most of the exams for fall semesters take place after the winter break.
  5. The NCGA has taken away graduate degree pay, longevity pay, and due-process rights and called them reforms to strengthen the teacher pipeline.
  6. Failed initiatives like NC’s virtual charter schools and the Read to Achieve program get added funding and more support when data shows they are failing miserably.
  7. North Carolina is #1 in the country for businesses, but is near the bottom in public education funding.
  8. Leaders in the NCGA boasted an average teacher salary of over $54,000 in 2021-2022 when they released a salary schedule could never sustain that average.
  9. The School Performance Grading system does a better job of showing how poverty affects student achievement than it does showing how teachers help students grow.
  10. North Carolina has more NBCT’s than any other state, has arguably one of the better public university systems in the nation, and has a plethora of quality private institutions that offer teacher training, but the state has a manufactured teacher shortage.