After McCrory education cuts, state prepares for massive shortage of new teachers

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Monday February 9th, 2016

Contact:  Ford Porter

FordPorter@ncdp.org

After McCrory education cuts, state prepares for massive shortage of new teachers

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Raleigh, NC – Last week, a new report showed that enrollment in UNC schools of education has plummeted 30% since 2010, amid massive cuts to the classroom since Governor McCrory and legislative Republicans took power. The drop in students studying to become teachers is being felt statewide and could lead to a crippling teacher shortage in North Carolina. Under Governor McCrory, North Carolina has fallen to 46th in the nation and last in the Southeast in per-pupil spending.

“There are practical consequences to the decisions of our elected leaders. Governor McCrory has not made public education a priority and allowed per-pupil spending to fall to last in the Southeast. Now enrollment in our schools of education has fallen off a cliff. The simple fact is that Governor McCrory has made North Carolina a place where too many good teachers don’t want to work – and our students are going to pay the price. That’s just wrong,” said NCDP Chair Patsy Keever.

 

Statewide consequences of the McCrory teacher exodus:

Too Many UNC students are turning away from teaching, Charlotte Observer 2/7/2016

“The decline in interest should be no surprise, given the pummeling the teaching profession has taken in recent years. Pay, lack of respect and lack of time for professional development, State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson told the N&O, are major factors in turning young people away.”

 ECU feels impact of declining teacher preparation programs, WNCT 2/9/16

“Administrators blame less interest on low teacher pay and evaluating teachers using student test scores.”

Here’s a breakdown of enrollment trends at UNC education schools, N&O 2/8/16

“Still, education officials in North Carolina worry about finding enough teachers to fill classrooms.”

Is our pipeline of teachers at risk?, Wilmington Star News 2/8/16

Apparently a lot fewer people want to be teachers in North Carolina. Gee. Wonder why?”

School leaders monitoring NC health care plan, teacher recruitment, Sampson Independent 2/9/16

“For some years, finding math, science and special education teachers have been a challenge. It was also noted that superintendents recently had trouble hiring elementary teachers.”

 

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