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NC teachers: public education is headed in the wrong direction

A survey released by two UNC Wilmington professors has found that more than 96 percent of participating North Carolina teachers believe that the state’s public education system is headed in the wrong direction.

The UNCW researchers explain in their report that in the wake of last year’s legislative policy changes to public education, they had gathered a good deal of anecdotal evidence pointing to teachers’ low morale and intentions to leave the profession—but they had no hard data to back that up.

So they surveyed teachers about the effects of the legislative changes on the quality of education in their schools, their morale, their plans to pursue graduate education, and their intentions to stay in the profession.

Bottom line? Public education in North Carolina is in bad shape.

• Over 74% of respondents indicated that, as a result of the legislative changes, they were less likely to continue working as a teacher/administrator in NC.

• 98% of teachers and administrators surveyed believe that the removal of financial incentives for pursuing advanced degrees will have a negative effect on the quality of teaching and learning in North Carolina’s schools.

• Ninety percent of teachers and administrators indicated that the removal of tenure, with all teachers placed on 1-, 2-, or 4-year contracts by 2018, will have a negative effect on the quality of public education in NC.

• Nearly 87% of respondents think the voucher plan, providing eligible families with a $4,200 annual voucher to allow a child to go to a private school, will have a negative impact on the state’s public schools.

Read the full report here.

4 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Wow! That is earth shattering. The people crafting the “devastation” message are agreeing with the message. Never woulda thunk it!

  2. Khem Irby

    January 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Reform for the most vulnerable has taken the turn for the worst if they will not have access to the best teachers. Parents know that teachers are the key ingredient for their child’s academic success. This will create a great stomping ground for TFA to become the new teachers and the constant revolving door for children. Parents need to get to the forefront, not PTA.

  3. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

    How could all of those teachers be so stupid? Maybe they ALL missed the memo about the huge increase (4.8% was it?) in public (government) school spending.

    Maybe all those free-loading government employees were just too tied up being drunk, or on drugs, to even notice all the wonderful things the GOP are doing for public (government) schools. After all, which party other than the GOP will stand strong for public (government) schools?

    Up is Down, Down is Up…

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    It is also funny how they can say 700 people represent the opinions of what, roughly 200,000 teachers. I guess they took a page from the PPP method of polling. Only keep the answers we want….although Alan seems to have an idea of who they asked, maybe they stopped the ones who were seducing students that day.