Think of these actions over the last ten years in North Carolina as far as public education is concerned:
- Teacher Pay
- Removal of due-process rights for new teachers
- Graduate Degree Pay Bumps Removed
- Push for Merit Pay
- “Average” Raises
- Health Insurance and Benefits Changes
- Attacks on Teacher Advocacy Groups (NCAE)
- Revolving Door of Standardized Tests
- Less Money Spent per Pupil When Adjusted For Inflation
- Removal of Caps on Class Sizes
- Sacrificing of Specialties in Elementary Schools
- Jeb Bush School Grading System
- Cutting Teacher Assistants
- Opportunity Grants
- Unregulated Charter School Growth
- For-Profit Virtual Charter Schools
- Innovative School District
- Elimination of Teaching Fellows Program And Now Its Smaller Version
Then we had a pandemic and more talk of “reforming” public education and the its teacher pipeline.
This is what we have now:
That’s just teacher vacancies as of this evening.
And this merit pay / licensure scheme will not solve the problem.
Because it won’t undo those bad reforms that created the shortage in the first place.