Salary Injustice for North Carolina Teachers

Dear Readers,

Welcome back! As many know from reading my blog post last week, I am focusing on the hardships that public schools teachers have been facing throughout North Carolina for many years and concerned with the challenges they will continue to face in the future with job security and salary injustices.  Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, North Carolina ranks second worst for job opportunity and compensation, according to an article from WECT.com. Currently, the national average teacher salary for 2014-2015 is $57,379.  In North Carolina, it is $47,783, according to estimates by the National Education Association (NEA).

This low ranking is not new to North Carolina and is not forecasted to change dramatically over the next few years, either.  The state has been constantly ranked as among the lowest nationally for teacher salary compensations in grades ranging from prekindergarten to twelfth grade.  These numbers are creating wave effects that expand across the board.  Teachers, both veterans and those with less than two years experience alike, are choosing to leave a career field that they thouroughly enjoy to seek better paying employment elsewhere. Former North Carolina teacher Sandra Leigh stated,

“I know teachers who really want to be successful and do what they are taught to do and have their heart in it for the kids and they get no reward, none. In fact, they’re punished, not just by salary, not just by buying things for the classroom, but by no respect for the job that we do” (WECT.com).

This increased turnover rate then creates additional stress for the teachers who decide to stay.  Teachers across the nation should not be forced to abandon a career they passionately love and should be recognized and rewarded for the hard work and time they invest in the children they teach. What are your thoughts on this issue?  Should North Carolina teachers receive better paying salaries and receive bonuses?  Please leave your comments below!

Next week, I will discuss the current debate within the Senate and House over proposed annual salary increases for teachers in NC. Stay tuned!

Article Links:

(WECT.com): NC Ranks Second Worst in the Country for Teacher Salary

(NEA): National Education Association

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5 thoughts on “Salary Injustice for North Carolina Teachers

  1. cairco says:

    I do not know many specifics about this topic, but it does strike me personally. One of my best friends from my previous school is in the teaching program. I remember her coming back to our apartment worried about student loans and trying to pay them off with the salary she will be getting. She is already extremely stressed from the classes and experience she needs for the career, but on top of that she is stressed about the future. However, because of her love for kids, she is sticking with it with such passion.

    I don’t know if you already know this or could maybe do a blog post about it, but why is the teaching profession so undervalued? Why is it that people think teachers should only get paid $47, 783 in North Carolina even when they have gone to college and have taken specialized classes in order to better educate students? Do they just not realize it or think that other professions are harder?

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  2. ajnguyen97 says:

    I though this topic was interesting because I have personal experience in this issue. There was a high turnover rate at my high school in which many teachers left to find different jobs or moved away to teach at a different state where salaries were higher. For the past few years there have also been many cases of teacher strikes.
    Since North Carolina is at the bottom of the rankings for job opportunity and compensation, I was wondering what states at the top of the list do differently. Do these states simply use more money for education or is there some other solution to increase teacher salaries?

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    • 3girl4education says:

      Hi! Thank you for your response. I also have a personal tie to this issue and care about the difference in pay between states. In fact, I just posted a blog regarding recent proposals to provide pay increases, which leads into the answer to your question. I think that over the past several years, the state has poorly managed budgets and have not allowed for room in pay increases. This occurs a lot throughout the nation but seems to happened much more in NC. While I don’t have the exact answer, I can only guess that it falls on state budgets.

      However, I am happy to learn that the Senate and House are working towards pay increases for most teachers throughout North Carolina. If you are interested in learning more and following this new discussion, check out my latest blog!

      I’m glad that you share the same concerns as I do. I look forward to more comments. Enjoy!

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  3. 3girl4education says:

    Hi! Thank you for your response to my blog! I know this subject affects many people as everyone at some point has come in contact with teachers, or are teachers themselves or even have friends and family who teach. So many of us owe great thanks to the countless number of teachers who have contributed to our wonderful educations, whether continued beyond high school or not, especially here in the United States! It is truly heartbreaking that these teachers are under appreciated and underpaid, when they give so much for their students. Your ideas are wonderful and I am glad you shared them! I believe that adding them into my posts would make for great reading and provide another aspect to my topic. I will need to do my research but will hopefully have some answers for you over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

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  4. JD says:

    I often wonder how North Carolinians can be so blind to the plight of the teachers in this state. They serve an essential role in our society (one that I’d venture to say not many people would be willing to do) because they enjoy doing it and want to better the future for children and young adults. In many other cultures, teachers are even respected and given the same status that those such as doctors are. Yet in our “progressive” society, we are essentially punishing them, and for what reason? So that the state can save a few bucks? Even if North Carolina were not in a position to allocate more money for teachers, the federal government could make waves in education (including for teachers) if we took a small percentage of what we spend on our military and devoted it towards public education.

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