The Coming Teacher Shortage Crisis in NC
With the lack of a serious plan to improve teacher pay, it comes as no surprise that there is a predicted teacher shortage for North Carolina public schools in the near future. The number of college students choosing a teaching career path has declined by 30% in the last 5 years, and who can blame them. This soon to come shortage will affect thousands of families across the state especially students in rural and low-income areas. How can we fix this problem? Raise teacher wages.
Teachers also are skeptical of these GOP lawmakers, who have so cheated public education at all levels and undermined conventional public schools with a too-rapid expansion of charter schools and public “scholarships” for children in private schools.
So it should come as no surprise that enrollment in the 15 schools of education in the public university system has dropped – by 30 percent since 2010.
The shortage will have a severe impact in rural areas and in schools with the challenge of having lots of lower-income students and fewer resources. Indeed, why would a teacher with a family, trying to earn a living and find a decent place to live and hoping for the chance to put aside some savings, go in to a higher-risk situation?