National teacher shortage could draw away NC's finest
North Carolina's teachers remain among the nation's lowest paid, especially with only a $750 bonus from the General Assembly. With states across the country aggressively recruiting, we'll continue losing our best and brightest teachers to other states unless we start paying educators a competitive wage.
But now, as reported by the Associated Press, school systems around the country are coming up short when it comes to hiring teachers.
The AP noted that big cities, including Tampa, Fla., and Las Vegas, have taken to putting up billboards recruiting teachers and that Georgia and Indiana also are having to scramble.
What this means for North Carolina is that its public school teachers – long taken for granted and struggling to make ends meet – have other options. Even those with long ties to the state have arrived at the point where they realize they have to worry about their futures and their financial security.
They will be tempted to go somewhere else they can get the pay and respect they deserve.