As Enrollment Continues to Grow, CMS Faces Teacher Shortage
Right now there are nearly thirty percent more vacant teacher positions in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools than there were at the same time last year. What's even more worrisome is that many of those vacancies are for elementary school teachers, something that school officials called, "unheard of."
Two weeks into the school year, CMS still has 80 teacher vacancies, down from 89 on opening day but higher than the 62 at the same time last year.
CMS Board of Education chair Mary McCray, a retired teacher and former head of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators, asked about lingering vacancies in elementary schools, which are traditionally among the easiest teaching jobs to fill. Large numbers of elementary vacancies are “unheard of,” McCray said.
Clark speculated that proposed cuts to K-2 teacher assistants could be a deterrent to teachers coming to North Carolina. She said new qualification exams for elementary teachers could also be a factor. The math section is more difficult and the test is more expensive, she said.