The state of teacher pay in North Carolina

May 31, 2014

Jonathan Alexander, writing for Raleigh’s News & Observer:

Ray Thomas, a science teachers who is staying, said three other teachers have expressed interest in leaving, mostly because of teacher pay and the lack of respect they feel from current legislation.

The teachers’ salaries range from $40,000 to the longest-tenured science teacher who makes $68,000. Thomas, who has a Ph.D. and has 20 years experience in education, makes $61,000. He said he hasn’t received a raise in five years.

My mother, who holds a graduate degree in special education and has been teaching in public schools for decades, has been repeatedly screwed by the public school system in one way or another. She’s not the only one. I’ve had high school teachers retire early and college professors leave for other states due to tenure disputes, salary complaints, or other issues.

North Carolina is currently ranked 46 out of the 50 states in teacher pay. Simply unacceptable.

I’m not going to publicly blame our Republican leadership; however, when The New York Times writes an op-ed blaming (and shaming) Gov. McCrory and his Republican legislature for the “decline of North Carolina”, the real issue doesn’t seem too debatable.