It’s not an idle threat. Teachers are looking elsewhere for employment. We hear legislators claim that our public schools are “broken.” They have it wrong. They weren’t broken until some of this legislation and the 2013-15 biennial budget was passed.
This story is from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, but it could be from anywhere in our state.
“They don’t like the fact we are dropping nationally.” Char-Meck Association of Educator President Charles Smith said.
Smith says teachers now are looking elsewhere to work.
“We’ve had teachers leave to go to other states – South Carolina,” Smith said. “Since it’s close. It’s a lot of young teachers because they don’t see a lot of opportunity for the salaries to increase.”
Smith says it’s bad in North Carolina.
“A six year teacher,” Smith said. “Is still getting paid the same as a first year teacher.”