Teacher Shortages are Becoming More Problematic in Many NC Counties
Guilford is one of many counties in NC that is dealing with teacher shortages, difficulties recruiting, and declining student interest in education. All of this is due to lower wages, decreasing stipends, and an overall negative perception of teaching. The shortage is effecting all students especially disadvantaged schools. All of these issues can be fixed if politicians spent their money wisely instead of giving huge breaks to the wealthy and major corporations.
University programs, where Guilford County Schools draws most of its teachers, have seen double-digit percentage declines in enrollment since 2010.The school system’s teacher turnover rate, 14.95 percent, is the highest since 2007-08, the first year of the Great Recession
Another issue is teacher pay. The National Education Association ranks North Carolina No. 42 in the nation for its average teacher salary. North Carolina ranks No. 50 among the states and the District of Columbia for principal pay, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
School officials also point to a long list of other issues that hurt recruitment and retention, such as legislators ending stipends for teachers who earn master’s degrees and negative perceptions of public schools and the teaching profession. That’s on top of other challenges teachers face every day, such as larger class sizes and fewer resources