Worse Than Mississippi: Study Finds NC is America’s Worst State for Teachers
Analysis of state-level data finds North Carolina dead last among all 50 states and the District of Columbia for places to work as a teacher.
RALEIGH – North Carolina is the worst state in the country for teachers, the Greensboro News and Record reports today. According to a study by personal finance website WalletHub, North Carolina ranks dead last among all states plus Washington, DC.
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. After analyzing factors like ten-year change in teacher pay, teaching wage disparities, safety of schools and public school per student funding, WalletHub released their report showing North Carolina at the very bottom of the rankings -- behind even Mississippi.
“Here is yet more evidence that the right-wing political machine controlling state government is on a mission to ruin our public schools,” said Gerrick Brenner, Exec. Director of Progress NC Action. “Our state used to be a leader in public education. Now politicians like NC House Speaker Thom Tillis have driven North Carolina schools to the very back of the pack.”
According to WalletHub, North Carolina ranked at or near the bottom in several key metrics:
- 51st in ten-year change in teacher salary
- 48th in public school funding per student
- 47th in median annual salary
- 43rd in teachers’ wage disparity
- 40th in safest schools
“North Carolinians realize that we cannot provide our children with a good education without good teachers,” added Brenner. “Voters should remember that Republicans have controlled state budget decisions for the last four straight years, and they overrode budget vetoes in 2011 and 2012 by former Gov. Bev Perdue. The GOP owns this mess, and we simply need new leaders to fix it.”
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