Once again, NC one of the worst states for teachers
Latest WalletHub study ranks North Carolina the eighth-worst state for teachers, compared to 50th in 2015 and dead last in 2014
RALEIGH -- For the third year in a row, North Carolina is ranked one of the worst states in the U.S. for public school teachers, according to the latest WalletHub survey released on Monday.
North Carolina ranks 44th out of 51 in the 2016 WalletHub survey, compared to 50th in 2015 and dead last in 2014. Rankings for North Carolina’s neighboring states include South Carolina at 43rd, Tennessee at 32nd, Georgia at 11th and Virginia at 6th.
“Once again, Gov. McCrory’s big claims about teacher pay simply don’t add up when you look at the data,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “It’s no wonder teacher turnover is at an all-time high as more and more teachers leave the state for better pay or leave the profession altogether, and Gov. McCrory’s empty promises are doing nothing to keep them here.”
The WalletHub study combed through statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other groups to determine the best and worst states for teachers.
“North Carolinians understand we can’t give our children a good education without good teachers,” added Brenner. “Republicans have controlled state budget decisions for the last six straight years, but they’d rather give tax cuts to the rich instead of restoring education funding to pre-recession levels. The GOP owns this mess, and we need new leaders to fix it.”