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Greensboro News & Record: Don’t let Virginia poach NC teachers

In case you missed it over the weekend, the Greensboro News & Record published an excellent editorial entitled “Keep our teachers.”

“It takes two hours to drive from Greensboro to Salem, Va.

How many Guilford County teachers made that trip Friday or were on their way this morning?

‘I’m hearing an awful lot,’ Liz Foster said Wednesday. She’s president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, and she’s worried about the state of her profession in North Carolina.

On the other side of the Virginia line, this is a time of opportunity. A consortium of 20 public school systems ran ads in small North Carolina newspapers touting a teacher recruitment fair at the Salem Civic Center Friday and today. For teachers interested in relocating, it said, a state education official would be there to provide licensing information.

Why would this be inviting to North Carolina teachers? For one thing, on average, teachers in Virginia are paid $4,000 a year more. In fact, teachers in almost every other state are paid more. It’s disgraceful how poorly North Carolina educators are paid.

But that’s not the only reason teachers are unhappy with their circumstances here….

Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here.

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