The Future for ELO Programs-Implications Post

As mentioned before, ELO Programs are important for kids as they allow for equal opportunities and provide supervision for kids after school. The problem of low funding and these programs not being widespread and for every kid to access is a crucial one to fix.

Without funding to these programs, many of these programs are closing down, such as, the Triangle YWCA, leaving many kids without a place to go after school. This will leave many kids unsupervised and potentially engaged in illegal activity, or forcing parents to leave work to take care of them.

Also, without adequate funding and implementing these ELO Programs across different communities, a divide is created between students who get access to these programs and those who don’t, thus making the goal the ELO Programs wish to attain, harder to accomplish. With lower funding and many after-school programs being at risk of closing down, many kids will have to travel further to gain the benefits of these programs, and those who cannot, will lack certain social and academic skills compared to their peers.

Education in the not so far future- Implications Post

As I mentioned in my last post, which you can check out here, education is a key aspect in the future of all people. But what will happen if it continues to be divided into a two sectors, one for the lower class and another for the wealthy?

Over the past decade and a half, our country has been attempting to reform education for the better. The No Child Left Behind Law has been, and will continue to be, revised continuously and new articles will be added but the problem will not be solved. Although improving bits and pieces of it, Statistics show that it is nonetheless failing. If this separation of school systems is not unified, these statistics will continue to grow, eventually placing America in last place in the race for education.

Implications Post: The Future of Teaching

Hi Readers,

Happy Friday and welcome to my post for implications surround low teacher salary issues.  If you have been reading my weekly posts, you will hopefully understand that this has continually become a major problem throughout the state.  While low salaries currently affect teachers throughout the nation, North Carolina is ranked among the lowest among the other states as having the worst teacher pay.  For this reason, I chose to create an entire blog about it and have discussed several key factors over the past few months. You can check out all of my blogs here.

For this implications post, I will include a brief analysis of what the future holds if this issue remains unresolved.  As mentioned previously, teachers are receiving shockingly low salaries for the amount of hard work they invest in students in public schools.  In fact, currently, high school educators begin their teaching careers earning approximately $30,800 dollars a year, often taking up to 15 years to earn $40,000. The state’s average teacher salary, which encompasses teachers throughout all grades, is $45,967 annually, making North Carolina almost $10,000 dollars behind the national average (http://www.wral.com/low-pay-forces-nc-teachers-to-choose-between-profession-state/12828323/). For this reason, many are leaving the state or leaving the career all together, which is creating a gap in teacher availability. While inexperienced teachers still have great potential to succeed, the lack of veteran teachers available exposes students to a less efficient environment.

If changes are not made soon, the education system throughout North Carolina will suffer-and so will the students.  With a current projected growth rate of 9 percent, the gap of teacher shortages will only widen unless legislative officials take action to increase teacher pay tremendously.  This must start at the top- with House and Senate leaders taking charge.  Teacher voices must be heard and recognized if the future education of young students is going to be successful and hold meaning within America.

Wanted: Extraordinary Teachers for North Carolina!

Dear Readers,

Happy Halloween! Thanks for joining me for my last blog posts on teacher salaries within and throughout North Carolina. Over the past few weeks, I have discussed the issues surrounding low teacher salaries and more recently discussed the political actions that are taking place today by the state legislative officials. Please feel free to check out those posts for more information!

Today, I will briefly review the battle that teachers continue to face, even after the executive ruling was made to increase public school teachers salaries- an increase that, in my opinion, was greatly overdue and still short of what is needed.  Public school teachers become educators because they are passionate about educating young minds and become the heart of the classrooms, most often inspiring young students.  However, they are receiving salaries that do not compensate for their hard work and most teachers are finding it difficult to support themselves and their families from the little that they earn.  Additionally, a great number of teachers feel the need to purchase school supplies each year using their own money since the school’s throughout the state aren’t left with enough budget to do so themselves.  According to a recent article, 91 percent of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies, and 38 percent used only their own money.

Another key issue as a result from low salaries is the high percentage of teacher turnover rate in the state.  A recent report from the Department of Public Instruction showed that last year’s turnover rate in North Carolina increased significantly with the highest rate over the last five years.  From March 2012 and March 2013, approximately 13,616 teachers left their school districts, a rate that amounts to a 14.33 percent. With a shortage in teachers comes a need to recruit new teachers quickly, a consequence that leaves the state obtaining inexperienced, under qualified teachers. 

Even after a salary boost by legislative officials, teachers are still finding it difficult to stay in the career field and often leave all together.  What are your thoughts with this issue and what do you think could be done to fix it?  Please leave your thoughts and comments below!

Thank you,

Girl # 3

What the Future Holds for Charter Schools-Implications Post

Ongoing issues regarding charter schools versus public schools could continue to get worse if not resolved soon. Charter schools are just recently becoming popular, and if they do not fix some of the problems that have arisen, they will have a hard time in the future. Also, public schools will have to learn to accept charter schools unless they want to face issues pertaining the argument over which type of school is better in the future. Referring to my theory post that gave examples of issue, such as discrimination, school funding, and the amount of charter schools able to operate, could be compromised, but these issues could also remain unresolved causing future problems.

Discrimination is going to be a main topic of conversation no matter what issue is being discussed. Charter schools have been blamed in the past for illegibly making it more difficult for low income, certain races, and disabled students from attending their schools, while public schools have open enrollment, accepting everyone. If charter schools cannot prove that they do not discriminate, the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society have already configured aspects to make it so these schools no longer do this. They would give schools that do accept these students more money in order to better educate them and make sure that it is free of costs for students to go to charter schools.

The new bill recently being passed that takes some of public schools funds and gives them to charter schools has caused arguments pertaining to why charter schools are allowed to do this. If there continues to be a debate, the state has discussed taking away private schools, and making them become charter schools, operating the certain charter. By doing this, it will increase the number of students that will attend these schools, making it easier for them to raise money in order to keep operating. 

Recently lifting the limit of how many charter schools could operate within North Carolina at one time, there could be an issue of an increasing amount of these schools that would continue to take away from public schools. If there is no set limit to how many charter schools can open, there could be many more to open in this upcoming year alone. With so many schools, there would not be enough funding to be able to operate both the public and charter schools. There is barely enough funding now for the schools that North Carolina does have operating. Adding more into the mix would result in school closures, and money and time wasted by trying to increase the number of charter schools.

THE FUTURE OF COLLEGE TUITION – Implications Post

Something I have continually reiterated in my blogs is that I am concerned about the future of college tuition. Tuition at public universities in North Carolina this past year rose an average of 4% for in-state students-a number that totals to about $250 at UNC Chapel Hill. From year to year this doesn’t seem terrible, but in 8 years that’s $2000 more if it continues to rise at the same pace.

What will realistically happen if tuition at universities continues to rise at a similar rate in the future?

By 2030, college tuition at a private university could cost as much as $130,428 $130,428 per year based on studies that were conducted. Public universities could be charging $41,228 per year. I’ve talked about how rising tuition continues to negatively affect lower income students and affects diversity on campuses-but with prices like these even the 1% could have more difficulty affording college tuition.

From a study conducted in 2014, a child that was 18 at the time would likely pay $76,967 for a college education at a public university. But for a child 18 years from now, that estimated cost will be $185,259.

Average tuition at public universities has risen an average of 6.5% in the last decade.

By 2030 if 4 years of a college education at a public university costs a total $205,000, it won’t just be the lower income classes that have a problem with affording college.

In my first post, I wrote how I wanted to talk about this education issue because my grandparents had immigrated from Lithuania with hopes their future generations would have more opportunities. If college tuition continues to rise as it is predicted to, will I be able to give my children a college education to better their future? I’m not totally sure after looking at these numbers.

In my first post, I wrote how I wanted to talk about this education issue because my grandparents had immigrated from Lithuania with hopes their future generations would have more opportunities. If college tuition continues to rise as it is predicted to, will I be able to give my children a college education to better their future? I’m not totally sure after looking at these numbers.

After-school Programs for High School

Hi readers! I hope I convinced you that the ELO Programs are crucial for future generations. For this week’s post, I specifically want to focus on looking at these programs being implemented in high school.

            I think most people agree that kids should have access to these programs when they are in elementary school, providing a nurturing environment and most importantly a place where kids can get supervision. But what happens when kids are in high school and old enough to supervise themselves? Studies have shown that these are crucial years, and most likely the years when students choose to engage in risky behavior. I think these programs should also be implemented in high school, in a way that kids can learn, and engage in the real world. This improves college readiness and helps in allowing kids to gain professional skills.

            These programs would not look like programs for those in elementary school, but would be catered to the students and their academic life at school. By allowing students to gain internships, or being part of a shadowing program after-school, students will gain knowledge about what they wish to do in the future, as well as gain class credit by getting experiential knowledge about the subject outside of class and learning the content in class. I think by implementing such programs, students will become aware of opportunities and gain knowledge in the career they want to explore.

What do you think about implementing more ELO Programs in high school? Would you have appreciated these programs in your school?

-Girl 2

Theory Post- The Long Road Ahead for Educators in NC

As mentioned throughout my analysis post, North Carolina continues to be ranked among the lowest in the nation for teacher salary. The state has an average of $45,967 per year compared to the national U.S. average of $ 51,354 per year. The issues that arise from these unjust salaries are numerous and raise questions as to whether students are able to obtain a quality education from within the education system. Although the graduation rate remain around 84 percent as seen in a recent article ((http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2014-15/20140904-01), a lack of well experienced teachers places the future of education at risk.

Recently, the House and Senate established a new bill that mandates all teachers receive a small one-time raise with a small increase in annual salary. While this bill is a step in the right direction, it is not sustainable as many teachers feel the need to pay for school supplies out of pocket since many districts receive little to no funding towards materials. These teachers sometimes spend more than $500 dollars with an increasing number turning to funding websites for donations for pens, paper or computers. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100952415). Furthermore, state officials dismissed raises for teachers with master degrees and ended the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program (NCTFP) which was used to recruit young students out of high school into education programs. (http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2014/09/low-teacher-pay-sets-back-nc-education).

The state desperately needs a major reevaluation of how the federal and state budgets are being spent and distributed with a large amount going directly towards increased salaries. This alone could potentially provide teachers with the salary needed to stay within North Carolina and teach without worrying about supporting themselves. Additionally, the NCTEP needs to be reestablished in order to replenish lost talent back into the school systems through encouraging young students to become well-educated teachers.The heart of education comes from teachers and staff within the community who play a vital role in educating and shaping the minds of future generations. North Carolina needs to push for greater acknowledgement of the importance of education and afford public school teachers the compensation they deserve, and need.

What are your thoughts? Could increasing salaries for teachers help solve the problem and decrease the teacher turnover rate in NC?

A Compromise of Educational Equality- Theory Post

In my analysis post, I studied the major aspects involved in the division of education into public and private sectors. Overall, this split focuses on inequality as a result of a failing educational system. Due to this, some people believe that private schools, regardless of their inaccessibility to all, are the best option to solve this waning problem. Others however, view private schools as the problem and strongly believe that if removed, the government will be more prone to create educational equality among all. A compromise will have to be theorized in order to create a balance between the two extremes.

The No Child Left Behind Law has been reauthorized seven times and has yet to accomplish its purpose of equality. Instead, it has created an inefficient way for redistributing education funding to states. I believe that by reevaluating this law, more funds could be provided to public schools that can only be used for the mere purpose of improving public school education, thus equalizing them with private institutions.

Another option would be to expand President Obama’s plan of lowering tuition costs by broadening it to cover not only colleges, but private high schools as well. Although it cannot exactly top a free educational system, it will reduce probability of inequality by making this an affordable choice to more people.

Lastly, this problem could be solved by imposing less acts, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that focus mainly on the economical part of this problem, and instead creating more educational laws. Pertinent to both public and private institutions, these laws should clearly state what each student in the U.S. has to have mastered in order for their continuance to the next level. If the laws for both institutions are the same, chances are that level of education will be too.

Do you think this will solve the problem?

A Solution to Expand ELO Programs (Theory Post)

The problems pertaining to ELO Programs is complex and difficult to solve as a lot of different factors go into it, as I looked at in my analysis post. Parents, educators, students, and politicians agree that ELO Programs are crucial for learning and for the world we live in today. However, the problem is that the programs are not widespread enough for students to get excess to the, thus creating a divide among those that can benefit from these programs, and those who can’t. With limited funding provided to them, the issue becomes a harder one to solve. This can be solved by answering what the primary functions of the after-school programs are, and what they should look like, thus increasing funding to only the programs that implement this. This will cause these programs to expand in other communities, allowing for more access to them.

Some educators argue that these after school programs should focus on academics and should be a time for kids to do their homework. However, others disagree and say that the after-school programs should allow students to explore hobbies and things outside of the academic realm. Research by the APA has shown that students should have the option to choose what they prefer and help them develop skills in what the want, a holistic developmental approach. Also, by keeping these programs in schools, the students make use of the various facilities an academic building can provide, such as, libraries, gyms, art rooms, etc. Also it helps with other costs, such as, transportation. Allowing these programs to be held in school, it also allows easy expansion for these programs across different communities.

What do you think about these solutions?