Politicians in Raleigh Responsible for Teacher Shortage
Fixing the teacher shortage crisis in North Carolina is the responsibility of the General Assembly. North Carolina is struggling to retain and recruit teachers at all levels, thus leading to unprepared students. North Carolina schools and UNC can only do so much to fix the issues, in the end we need state politicians to open their eyes and make changes to improve teacher pay and support.
"We cannot be successful in higher education if students that show up at our doorstep are not fully prepared to do college-level work," she said. "We can do our part and meet our responsibility by sending them a teacher corps that can meet the needs of every single student."
And there isn't much Spellings can do to fix the problem, because she didn't create it. That responsibility belongs to the General Assembly, where the state's teachers have been demonized and grossly under-supported.
If we improve our schools of education, chances are we'll be sending new and better teachers to states that pay a decent salary and give teachers the respect they don't get here.
This is not UNC's problem to solve. It's the General Assembly's. If our lawmakers don't fix it soon, their legacy will be the ashes of a once-great education system