Mount Airy Superintendent: House Budget 'Only a Band-Aid'
As the NC House rolled out their budget proposal yesterday, which included a 2% raise for state employees, Mount Airy Superintendent, Dr. Greg Little, stressed that this raise was only a small step and that in order to stop the teacher exodus in NC, politicians need a serious plan to improve our schools.
From the WXII transcript,
THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST ARE NO LONGER CHOOSING TEACHING AS A PROFESSION. ENROLLMENT AT SCHOOLS THAT TRAIN TEACHERS IS DOWN DRASTICALLY, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ON THE JOB TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. HE SAYS RAISING BASE SALARY FROM $33,000 TO $35,000 HELPS, BUT NORTH CAROLINA NEEDS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO GO THE DISTANCE WE GOT TO GET OUR OWN PLAN AND WE NEED TO SET THE PACE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WE -- COUNTRY. WE SHOULDN'T BE LOOKING FOR OTHER STATES WE GOT TO COME UP WITH NORTH CARINA SOLUTIONS FOR NORTH CAROLINA PROBLEMS. WE ARE BEYOND A 2% RAISE, WE HAVE A MUCH BIGGER ISSUE HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA. AND IF WE DON'T TAKE STEPS RIGHT NOW WE ARE STARING DOWN WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THE GREATEST TEACHER SHORTAGE IN OUR STATE'S HISTORY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.