North Carolina Schools Need Help from McCrory, Politicians in Raleigh
North Carolina is facing difficulties recruiting and retaining teachers. Less students are choosing education career paths and the majority of current teachers are less experienced. The hardships are due to low wages, little support, and a school grading system that gives lower income schools unattractive rankings. All of these issues can be improved when state politicians realize the importance of education.
Higher education and K-12 educators said Wednesday that more needs to be done to recruit and retain North Carolina teachers at a time when fewer students want to enter the profession and those who are in the classroom are less experienced.]
Enrollment at the 15 UNC schools of education has dropped 30 percent since 2010, according to Alisa Chapman, UNC system vice president for academic and university programs. The UNC system provides 37 percent of the state’s teachers, so any decline in the education programs makes it more difficult for districts to recruit teachers.Merrill mentioned how Wake is mentoring beginning teachers and recruiting high school seniors to become future teachers. He also pointed to efforts to change how teachers are paid so they don’t have to leave the classroom to earn more.