teacher turnover


Forsyth County schoolteacher skewers conservative spin on teacher turnover and attrition numbers

BY: - February 5, 2019

As Clayton Henkel reported in yesterday’s Monday Numbers feature, the issue of school teacher turnover and attrition is back in the news again after the release of the latest edition of The State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina. Those endeavoring to make sense of the new numbers would do well to check out […]


Editorial: General Assembly must address teacher diversity, turnover problems ASAP

BY: - January 29, 2019

To their great credit, the folks at WRAL.com have been shining a light of late on the notable lack of racial diversity in North Carolina’s corps of public school teachers. This morning, in a follow-up Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial, they rightfully demand action from state lawmakers. This is from “Fix N.C. public schools’ lack of […]

Why North Carolina teachers leave: A fascinating report from WRAL

BY: - November 10, 2016

Recently, Policy Watch reported on the still troubling numbers surrounding departing teachers in North Carolina, part of an annual report presented to the State Board of Education. Now, WRAL has offered up a fascinating piece shedding light on exiting teachers’ comments to administrators about their workplace. The verdict: Lots of complaints about exhaustion and pay. […]


Preliminary teacher pay data show NC teacher salaries fall short of $50,000

BY: - November 2, 2016

Despite the claims of Governor McCrory and North Carolina General Assembly leaders, initial salary data from the Department of Public Instruction indicate that average North Carolina teacher salaries remain below $50,000, even when accounting for local supplements.  Preliminary data from the third pay period indicates that average teacher salaries – including local supplements – are […]

State official: Change in reporting style responsible for NC’s sudden drop in the teacher turnover rate

BY: - October 31, 2016

Last week, Policy Watch reported the news that teacher turnover had seemingly plunged in North Carolina’s latest “State of the Teaching Profession” report. But as a Department of Public Instruction official explained Monday, a change in how the report is calculated is more responsible for the drop than any major shift in the state’s policies […]

New report: Teacher turnover drops, but remains high in North Carolina

BY: - October 28, 2016

Teacher turnover has dropped in North Carolina, according to a new state report, but remains high in a state that has seen thousands of educators leave for employment in other states over the last decade. This year’s annual teacher workforce report pegs the state’s teacher attrition rate just higher than 9 percent. Compared to last […]


Editorial: Conservative policies led directly to declining interest in teaching profession

BY: - February 5, 2016

An editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer (“In NC a teacher shortage develops by design”) tells it like it is: “One would have thought, when Republican lawmakers raised starting teacher pay in North Carolina to $35,000, that they’d marched into classrooms in North Carolina with sacks of gold and silver. Of […]

Teacher exodus provokes growing alarm

BY: - April 21, 2014

Last week’s disturbing news about an ongoing teacher exodus in North Carolina’s capital county (Chris Fitzsimon has the details in this morning’s “Monday numbers”) is rightfully provoking frustration and alarm in many places around the state. A couple of good editorials capture those emotions. According to the Wilmington Star-News: “At some point, the state, which […]

Teacher quality, student outcomes bring national experts to Raleigh (video)

BY: - February 7, 2014

National education experts and leading policymakers will be in Raleigh next week for the 29th annual Emerging Issues Forum. The two-day conference, focusing on how teacher quality impacts educational outcomes and economic competitiveness, comes at a time that teacher satisfaction is near an all time low in the Tar Heel state. North Carolina currently ranks […]