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.