Teachers see Carolina Setback, not Comeback

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Across the state teachers are struggling to make ends meet. And to compound matters, the new budget passed by the General Assembly does nothing to alleviate these hardships. Many teachers have even begun to pick up second jobs in retail settings to earn the extra money they need to survive. K-12 educators pull extra shifts at stores such as Old Navy and Belks in order to supplement the terrible income the state affords them. While Pat McCrory may see his time in office as a Carolina Comeback, teachers see only Carolina Setbacks. 

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If you have a child who takes American history at South Central High School, it’s possible that Kasey Gray is his or her teacher.

It also is possible that if you have shopped at Old Navy in Greenville, you have encountered her working and pulling extra shifts to make ends meet.

“It was not my plan as a college graduate to have to take on a second job to support myself,” Gray said. “Being taken away for 15 to 25 hours from what I need to do in my classroom is devastating. I am not the only one.

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  1. Amanda Roberts's avatar
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    I'm a teacher of 14 years with a Masters Degree. I went down to two jobs from three for the past three years due to absolute exhaustion
  2. Amanda Roberts's avatar
    Amanda Roberts
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    I'm a teacher of 14 years with a Masters Degree. I went down to two jobs from three for the past three years due to absolute exhaustion
  3. Georgie Blue's avatar
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    I have 4 children who are teachers am constant hearing how the school system is treating them badly!!! We also have a granddaughter graduating from college to be a teacher. She stated she will not stay in NC to teach! Most of the younger teachers are feeling this way!! Why don't you share part of your salaries to the the teachers!!! I do not hear of any of you having to work a 2nd job to make ends meet!! All of you setting in Raleigh making our laws should be ashamed of your actions with the school system!!!!!!!
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    Georgie Blue
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    I have 4 children who are teachers am constant hearing how the school system is treating them badly!!! We also have a granddaughter graduating from college to be a teacher. She stated she will not stay in NC to teach! Most of the younger teachers are feeling this way!! Why don't you share part of your salaries to the the teachers!!! I do not hear of any of you having to work a 2nd job to make ends meet!! All of you setting in Raleigh making our laws should be ashamed of your actions with the school system!!!!!!!
  5. NaShonda Cooke's avatar
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    I have a Master's degree and I am a NBCT. I also have two other part time jobs.
  6. Christine Brady's avatar
    Christine Brady
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    This is my 19th year in the classroom. I own nothing. I have no savings. I still work a second job to make the ends meet. Some one mentioned exhaustion....yes.
  7. j. z.'s avatar
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    My wife and I are both teachers. Both hold a M. Ed. and are NBCT. WE BOTH WORK SECOND JOBS!!!!! She is a waitress and I umpire every weekend I possibly can. NC should be ashamed of how they have treated teachers over the years.
  8. Bill's avatar
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    I have 4 young children to help support. I am in my 13th year of teaching. I too, like many teachers, am working a part time job to to help make ends meet.
  9. Joanne's avatar
    Joanne
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    I had to reduce my life. I am moving into a smaller, less-expensive apartment in a few months. I don't have cable, I rarely use the heat or air conditioner, and if i had enough time for a second job, I would. In addition to poor pay, teachers, especially EC teachers, are put into the uncomfortable predicament of staying at work until 7 or 8 at night, and going in on weekends, just to keep our heads remotely above water.
  10. Nanxy Mason's avatar
    Nanxy Mason
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    Im retired and I know these people aren't telling tales. Some people leave teaching to drive trucks because the pay is better!
  11. Nanxy Mason's avatar
    Nanxy Mason
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    Im retired and I know these people aren't telling tales. Some people leave teaching to drive trucks because the pay is better!
  12. Nanxy Mason's avatar
    Nanxy Mason
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    Im retired and I know these people aren't telling tales. Some people leave teaching to drive trucks because the pay is better!
  13. Nanxy Mason's avatar
    Nanxy Mason
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    Im retired and I know these people aren't telling tales. Some people leave teaching to drive trucks because the pay is better!
  14. Nanxy Mason's avatar
    Nanxy Mason
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    Im retired and I know these people aren't telling tales. Some people leave teaching to drive trucks because the pay is better!
  15. David Huneycut's avatar
    David Huneycut
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    My wife and I are retired educators but when our children were considering a college major we told them they could pursue any career except teaching. We would pay for their entire college costs but not one dime if they majored in education. They both would have made great teachers, but they could never make a decent living. My heart goes out to every teacher. It is truly a tough job. NC could and should do better.
  16. Liz's avatar
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    I have taught almost 20 years. I often work 7:45 to 5:00-5:30 just to get everything done (not including the work I take home). I do it because I need to and I don't expect extra. But I wonder, what other professional would do the same for the money we get. I'd just like to point out that teachers ARE dedicated professionals but we are treated with contempt by our state government. What exactly did we do to earn this negativity?
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