Worse Than Mississippi: Study Finds NC is America’s Worst State for Teachers

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Analysis of state-level data finds North Carolina dead last among all 50 states and the District of Columbia for places to work as a teacher.

RALEIGH – North Carolina is the worst state in the country for teachers, the Greensboro News and Record reports today. According to a study by personal finance website WalletHub, North Carolina ranks dead last among all states plus Washington, DC.

The WalletHub study combed through statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other groups to determine the best and worst states for teachers. After analyzing factors like ten-year change in teacher pay, teaching wage disparities, safety of schools and public school per student funding, WalletHub released their report showing North Carolina at the very bottom of the rankings -- behind even Mississippi.

“Here is yet more evidence that the right-wing political machine controlling state government is on a mission to ruin our public schools,” said Gerrick Brenner, Exec. Director of Progress NC Action. “Our state used to be a leader in public education. Now politicians like NC House Speaker Thom Tillis have driven North Carolina schools to the very back of the pack.”

According to WalletHub, North Carolina ranked at or near the bottom in several key metrics:

  • 51st in ten-year change in teacher salary
  • 48th in public school funding per student
  • 47th in median annual salary
  • 43rd in teachers’ wage disparity
  • 40th in safest schools

“North Carolinians realize that we cannot provide our children with a good education without good teachers,” added Brenner.  “Voters should remember that Republicans have controlled state budget decisions for the last four straight years, and they overrode budget vetoes in 2011 and 2012 by former Gov. Bev Perdue. The GOP owns this mess, and we simply need new leaders to fix it.”

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  1. Ryan's avatar
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    Last I checked there were only 50 states. For NC to be 51st in anything state related only goes to prove how bad education is in that state.
  2. David E. Turner's avatar
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    This is one of those times when even as you suspect something to be true, it still hurts like hell when you see it proven to be so. We've got to get these anti-public education idiots out of Raleigh ASAP.
  3. Erin's avatar
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    Ryan, the report states that they include the District of Columbia.
  4. Croe Amheuaeth's avatar
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    Ryan - DC makes it 51.
  5. Jim Starowicz's avatar
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    When ya short change for an ideology to privatize for corporate profit, with little regulation, this is what ya get!! And if successful in privatizing, bringing in all the problems now in the private sector of the new capitalism of bottom up flood of cash on labor, they would keep as government entities with just a few running the administration of so they get the blame, the pols would build the budgets for that growth in profit, from the masses, not the wealthy!!!
  6. John Morrison's avatar
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    North Carolina? You guys can't spell. Its: New Mississippi.
  7. William Epps's avatar
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    51st in ten-year change in salary? hmm, who has had the predominance of governance over the past 10 years in NC? hmmm ...
  8. Sheldon's avatar
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    I wonder what state Ryan is from. He commented without reading the disclaimer directly under the title.. Or, he forgot what he read before he reached the end of the short article. Neither is good.
  9. Bob  Campbell's avatar
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    Compare SAT's to teacher ranking, North Dakota is #7 in SAT. It appears to be good for students to have unhappy teachers.
  10. Bob Campbell's avatar
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    Not one of the stats addressed reflect student outcome. Build a perfect factory to turn out defective products.
  11. Mick's avatar
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    William: <br /> The GOP-led NCGA did nothing to improve teacher salaries from the time they came to power (January 2011) to the signing of the 2014-15 budget (August 2014)---3 years and 8 months of no salary increases, insults hurled teachers' way, cuts to state dollar support per pupil, cutting of teaching assistants, and attacks on tenure status. During that time NC teacher salaries sunk from higher-20's to mid-40's in state-by-state salary rankings.
  12. Mike's avatar
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    And all of this is because of the Dem led governance in the state until the last couple of years. Thank God the state turned completely red to fix the mess.
  13. Jeff's avatar
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    Mike, as quoted in the article: “Voters should remember that Republicans have controlled state budget decisions for the last four straight years, and they overrode budget vetoes in 2011 and 2012 by former Gov. Bev Perdue. The GOP owns this mess, and we simply need new leaders to fix it.”
  14. Erick Swaine's avatar
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    Wow. More Republicans blaming Democrats on this string and vice versa. Go figure.<br /> <br /> We wonder why things don't change. Maybe it is because YOU can't stop pointing fingers. Wake up, change starts with YOU, not politicians. Trust me, they will never change. Think independently, and just maybe you will 'teach' real hope to the children of NC instead of teachimg them to pointing fingers.
  15. Gladys Shelton's avatar
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    This is old statistical information. Not factual for the current year. Yes, we had a 10 year lapse in educational growth, (most of it not under democratic leadership). Hopefully we can began to move forward. Especially if we can begin to attract more businesses and corporations to our state and provide our people with better jobs. With our high corp. taxes, we have been losing out to S.C., Tenn., Alabama, and Texas. We still think NC is the BEST State in all the 50. We have great universities, tourism is picking up, and of course people from the north are moving here for our great weather, golf courses, and cost of living.
  16. Gladys Shelton's avatar
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    This is old statistical information. Not factual for the current year. Yes, we had a 10 year lapse in educational growth, (most of it not under republican leadership). Hopefully we can began to move forward. Especially if we can begin to attract more businesses and corporations to our state and provide our people with better jobs. With our high corp. taxes, we have been losing out to S.C., Tenn., Alabama, and Texas. We still think NC is the BEST State in all the 50. We have great universities, tourism is picking up, and of course people from the north are moving here for our great weather, golf courses, and cost of living.
  17. Charlene Brandon's avatar
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    Thats really nice to hear, since my daughter is a first year teacher in North Carolina. But she has always wanted to be a teacher and she loves her job.
  18. Gladys Shelton's avatar
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    This is old statistical information. Not factual for the current year. Yes, we had a 10 year lapse in educational growth, (most of it not under republican leadership). Hopefully we can began to move forward. Especially if we can begin to attract more businesses and corporations to our state and provide our people with better jobs. With our high corp. taxes, we have been losing out to S.C., Tenn., Alabama, and Texas. We still think NC is the BEST State in all the 50. We have great universities, tourism is picking up, and of course people from the north are moving here for our great weather, golf courses, and cost of living.
  19. T. M. Nichols's avatar
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    There are only 50 states. Puerto Rico is a territory that belongs to the United States. We rank lower than an area that isn't even a state. That is what it means by North Carolina being the 51st in the nation. And that is sad.
  20. Chris's avatar
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    Being from North Carolina all my life and a former democrat. I can tell you that former gov. Purdue is the one that froze teachers pay. My wife, brother and other members of my family are teacher in this state and can see that there are problems on both side of the aisle. The democrats pushed through the lottery which we did not want in this state, just like obamacare was pushed through Washington. It was suppose to add to the school fund, but like all new programs by a government. It just adds money to the pot to reallocate funds to another program. If both sides worked together they could have added the lottery to the school fund without reallocating the original school fund money to other unnecessary programs. BTW throwing money at a problem doesn't always fix the problem. It seems that if you go back each generation for the last five. You would see that education was better in each of the generations than we have today. And that's with less money or technology. So for my last comment, let me see if high school student could take a 1870's 5th grade end of the year test and pass it.
  21. Israel's avatar
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    No. It means that they included DC in their analysis...as stated multiple times in the article (which, evidently, you did not read before making your statement). Also, your statement is not only contradictory but it also goes analytically nowhere. Why does it matter, again, that Puerto Rico isn't officially a state? #keepitfocused
  22. Student's avatar
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    I'm a student in North Carolina , teachers treatment also reflects on students . The better teachers are treated the better students learn .
  23. Kevin's avatar
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    It all goes back to the flat tax the current state Republicans pushed through, lowering tax rates for "everyone," and by everyone I mean several percentage points for the ultra wealthy (and corporations) and about .02 for the rest of the state just so they could say "everyone got a tax break." Morons actually believe them. This gift to the rich emptied state coffers leading to massive cuts in education spending at both K-12 and higher education levels, and by the way, new taxes on services and utilities which ends up costing the middle class and poor a LARGER share of their monthly paycheck in taxes. A southern state once proud of its education system among a region long known for miserable education, has in two short years rolled back the clock several decades and sunk to the bottom. Thom Tillis and Pat McCrory have heaped national and international shame on the state of North Carolina. Unfortunately, massive gerrymandering has ensured Republicans will retain their power regardless of how far they drive the state into economic oblivion. They've already chased off the budding film industry and replaced it with short-term fossil fuel fracking. You have to question the sanity of someone who will actually cast a second vote for these people. Completely brainwashed by PAC propaganda and PAC-funded talk radio.
  24. Ray Hamilton's avatar
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    I'm with Ryan. Where's the other State? I though there were only 50.
  25. Zeke Lohman's avatar
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    I'm from NC, and even I know that DC is not considered a state. The authors killed their credibility in the title.
  26. Anna's avatar
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    Those are all the reasons I took my 15 years of experience, my masters degree and my National Board Certification and left North Carolina. Working conditions were awful. I was told a break was optional, forced to invent tons of curriculum myself to the standard of a person writing a teachers manual, and had 45 minutes added to my day (most teachers already have to put in extra hours). I had to flee that state to save my sanity. I have taught in two other states and while one is better than the other, at least I have my sanity.
  27. arlene adams's avatar
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    Does this hinder the quality of education my grandchildren are recieving ? In N.C school system. Are their scores up to par with other states ?
  28. Ted's avatar
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    Some of us NEED to remember that this has been happening over a TEN YEAR period! This Governor has had only 2 years to screw it up worse!
  29. Logical's avatar
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    It cracks me up when people don't read the article then complain &amp; comment about it. They included DC as a "state" which it clearly states in the article.<br /> <br /> For those who think that the 10 year growth rating means that it was a problem before the republican house &amp; governor, you guys are forgetful. NC was rated in a nice middle ground. Not that great, not that bad... which is a good spot.<br /> <br /> Not sure who would consider the lottery a washington shoved idea. That's just, well... blaming washington for NC's problems.
  30. Riley's avatar
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    Gladys, I agree NC is a great state. However, if we continue to squander industries such as the film industry, we will not be attracting any businesses here. You also have to consider that with McCrory' s tax plan NC is systematically doing away with state tax over the upcoming years. That revenue is supposed to be made up by sales tax. So far, the shortfall is projected to be in the $650 million annual range. They say that shortfall will be made through all the revenue that will come in during the holidays, Christmas, etc. I have my fingers crossed. As a result, further cuts are likely for public schools, higher education, health care, public safety, transportation and other public services and an increase in taxes for the middle class. On the other hand, in 10 years or so the wealthy can live here year around instead of going to FL for the winter to avoid state tax. Hopefully, that means they will stay here and open many businesses and corporations to make up the shortfall. In the meantime, I think we owe it to them to have our children, local businesses and educational system sacrifice for a few years until that happens. You have to remember that the government and wealthy have your best interests at heart.
  31. Teresa's avatar
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    Wow, those of you arguing about DC whether DC is a state or not is really irrelevant. North Carolina is still ranked as one of the very worst in the US in education in Grammer schools through high school. And the current governor and State Assembly made it worse several years ago when they went backwards with teacher pay and encouragements for them for higher education and rewards. Jim Hunt had built this state's education level up and yes there were no raises for a while when the economy dived, but it is much better and still this McRory and the Republican GA refuse to give them any decent raise whatsoever and let the education system tank.<br /> Not only that, but he refuses to take any help from the federal government. He would rather see NC citizens suffer. And raise gas taxes which are already one of the highest in the nation. And less not forget facing all over this beautiful state of ours. Most of you will praise them just because they are Republican. Well that's not good enough for me. I don't care what political party you are, if you are doing a bad job, it's time to go. And this group has done nothing , period. Absolutely nothing!
  32. Teresa's avatar
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    Fracking, not facing.
  33. Teresa's avatar
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    Wow, those of you arguing about DC whether DC is a state or not is really irrelevant. North Carolina is still ranked as one of the very worst in the US in education in Grammer schools through high school. The current governor and State Assembly made it worse several years ago when they went backwards with teacher pay and encouragements for them for higher education and rewards. Jim Hunt had built this state's education level up and yes there were no raises for a while when the economy dived, but it is much better and still McRory and the Republican GA refuse to give them any decent raise whatsoever and let the education system tank.<br /> Not only that, but he refuses to take any help from the federal government. He would rather see NC citizens suffer. But he will raise gas taxes which are already one of the highest in the nation. And less not forget fracking all over this beautiful state of ours. Most of you will praise them just because they are Republican. Well that's not good enough for me. I don't care what political party you are, if you are doing a bad job, it's time to go. And this group has done nothing , period. Absolutely nothing!
  34. G.I. Joe's avatar
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    While we live in the safest country in the World, we still need to catch up on many things. Freedom is great and so is Capitalism if it doesn't punish innocent people.<br /> <br /> There are too many defects in our Government structure so I'll get back to our N.C. education discussion. The N.C. politicians while highly educated don't seem to have any wisdom or common sense. <br /> <br /> They fail to understand that the students of today will run our World tomorrow. Teaching and discipline of students is absolutely critical to our future if we want to continue to be a leading country.<br /> <br /> Teachers throughout the U.S. are under-paid and under-appreciated. They have a passion for helping our children of all ages to learn and become meaningful citizens.<br /> <br /> It's hard enough to try to reach the students, never mind the unruly and sometimes illiterate parents. We need to stand tall, strong and together to turn this situation around.<br /> <br /> Putting prayer back in the school is but one easy step to accomplish the long term goal. Calling and writing to our political Heads-of-State is yet another powerful way to accomplish this meaningful goal.<br /> <br /> This is too critical a situation to complain amongst each other. That won't solve the problem. Please consider these thoughts and take a stand both locally and at a State level.
  35. Sue's avatar
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    As a parent of 4 former NC students, I have seen the problem. With such terrible pay, how can they get good teachers. There are many fantastic teachers in NC, but there are some terrible ones also. When I was in college to be a teacher, many of the other college students were there ONLY because they would loose welfare if they didn't do something. sad to say they went on to become teachers. I for one, would support a teachers strike for better pay. But the people in charge MUST get rid of the bad teachers. most (good) teachers find money from their own pockets to supply their students with materials. Yet according to the government, the don't warrant a pay raise. Shame on them. Especially seeing as they have no problem voting themselves a pay raise. Get rid of the government and support our (good) teachers. they deserve a raise they have worked for it, they have earned it.
  36. David's avatar
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    Has anyone checked out how bad this new "raise" really is for teachers? Elimination of Master's pay, yearly scale increases only every five years, no longevity, a new pay scale that tops out over $6,000 below the current national average, no raises after the twenty-fifth year, all leading to a reduced retirement. Touting this legislation in political adds as good for this state is a slap in the face to teachers in this state. It is insulting. No wonder we rank as the worst state for teachers.
  37. Harold's avatar
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    It's easy to blame the republicans for this but the democrats controlled spending in this state 140 years compared to republicans at 4 years.<br /> Also,any business that turned out the same quality of product would be out of business within 30 days.<br /> Personally,I believe in the poor economy we are in it is hard to ask taxpayers for money.<br /> Cuts should be made in other areas ,then added to teacher pay.
  38. NC Born and Bred's avatar
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  39. By Jove you fuckers ain&#39;t got it's avatar
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    You idiots, DC is not a state.
  40. James's avatar
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    First sentence Ryan, very.first.sentence.<br /> <br /> <br /> Analysis of state-level data finds North Carolina dead last among all 50 states and the District of Columbia for places to work as a teacher.
  41. Lauren's avatar
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    John, it is "it's" not its.
  42. Adrian's avatar
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    Why is it that Ryan and Ray at least that covers the names starting with an R can't comprehend the very first statement that....Out of 50 states "INCLUDING" Washington DC which makes 51 and the research using government statistics.
  43. Trisha's avatar
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    Sadly this is much more than a political issue. When you really stop and look at the make up of our legislatures over the past 5-10 years in NC, it might be an ah-ha moment. With over one-third of them somewhat new to NC (have lived the majority of their life in another state), it becomes easy to understand why they are coming with so much baggage in the belief to try to model our education funding more in line with what they learned from afar. We have some of the cheapest public universities in the nation. When the economy looks dismal, those same legislators think it is ok to begin doing away with the strides that had been made. Jim Hunt, for one, helped our state make great strides in understanding the positive results of funding education properly, but knowing it couldn't happen over night. So wish he would run again for governor.
  44. Garrett's avatar
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    Riley, you think north Carolinians should suffer more middle class impoverishment via higher taxes, lower than average public health and safety, diminished resources, and horrible education standards on the wishful yet unlikely idea that NC will ever become FLA and that the uber rich will move here and some how it will all trickle back down to Carolinians? I have news for you, Charlotte has more wealth than 82% of every county in Florida combined. Florida is a shit hole of farmland, wasteland, and trailer parks with the except of pockets of wealth made up from tourism and retirement. If you are born middle class or worse in any of 14 counties out of around 20something in Florida, you have a 1 in 300 shot of moving up the socioeconomic ladder. I don't like those odds. NC has plenty of wealth but trickle down economics does not work and NEVER has. Get off Ayn Rands dick and stop thinking government or the rich give a shit about anyone but themselves. NC thanks to our most hated Governor has put voting, schools, social services, transportation, health care, civil rights, and economic growth and development back a decade with a few pen strokes in the last year alone. The Grand Old Party, is just that, old tired and full of the same old tired bullshit that's killing the middle class
  45. Chas's avatar
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    For everyone out there saying that this is not the GOP's fault because McCrory has only been governor for a couple of years, you are mistaken. Both house of the state general Assembly (which legislates most of the decisions) has had a large GOP majority since 2005. You might remember that Thom Tillis (R, Cornelius) was speaker for most of this time. The GOP started this downward spiral, and Gov. McCrory hastened the plunge tithe bottom when he took office. I didn't particularly care for Perdue either, but it's hard to be a democratic executive in a government where the GOP-led legislature is dead-set on bucking your every move, rather than moving forward. Sound familiar?
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