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!
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