Hey everyone and welcome back! I’m so glad you decided to join me again to learn more about charter schools. That being said, this week I am going to discuss the controversy over the salaries of teachers in North Carolina, but more importantly pertaining to charter schools.
There has been a constant debate over the years about the salaries of teachers in North Carolina, but the issue of teachers within charter schools has just recently become a topic of discussion. In this article, the different ranges of teacher salaries is hard to compare between those who teach at charter schools to those who teach at other institutions. Since charter schools are not regulated to pay all of their teachers the same amount, they can choose which teachers they think are more deserving of the higher pay and give the others a smaller salary. Compared to public schools whose salaries range from around $30,000 to $40,000 with a select few making above this amount, 6.6 percent of employees of charter schools make around $50,000, which is above those working in the public school system. With less government funding per student, charter schools have to balance out their funding in a way that makes sure all employees get a salary, even though these salaries have a wide range depending on the quality of the teacher. Although teachers at charter schools may have a bigger salary, they do not receive some of the benefits from the state like other employees, such as longevity pay. Also, since charter schools tend to hire first time and unqualified teachers, they can pay them a lower salary and get away with it because these employees otherwise may not have the opportunity for a teaching career at the time. No matter what school a person teaches at, their salary will depend on a number of factors. There is no said amount for salaries, so there is no fair ways to compare teachers at different schools.
It is hard to say just how much the salaries of public and charter schools differ. What do you guys think? Is it right for teachers at charter schools to potentially be earning more than those at public schools?