Keeping NC Teachers In the Classroom Takes More Than Talk
A forum discussing how we can promote the teaching profession was held in Charlotte recently. The panel consisted of NC politicians discussing options with frustrated teachers.
Her questions came after teachers, administrators, and politicians talked for 90 minutes about the urgent need to boost the teachers—in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina, and the nation. The panel discussion is sponsored by TeachStrong, a national coalition urging policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels to “modernize and elevate the teaching profession.”
It’s a bold goal that will take significant political will at all levels of government.
But participants said our nation is facing a teacher crisis.
“How are we going to be a leader in technology and innovation and 21stCentury opportunities if we can’t find math teachers for our classrooms?,” asked Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.
That the panel discussion is at Ranson Middle School is no accident. Ranson is a Title I school that performs well on student growth metrics—in the top percentile statewide—but one that struggles to recruit and retain educators. In a recent faculty survey 11 percent of Ranson’s teachers said they believed they were compensated fairly. “I honestly feel conflicted,” Erica Jordan-Thomas, the school’s principal, told the group. “I cannot keep great people in front of kids.”