Increasing Shortage of Teachers in NC is Cause for Concern
State Superintendent June Atkinson has expressed concern over the growing decline in university students seeking employment in an education position. We already know how to fix this problem: improve teacher pay and provide more support to educators.
She says over the last five years there’s been a thirty percent drop in the amount of university students in North Carolina seeking a career in education.
Atkinson says low teacher salaries are partly to blame, but recruitment and retention need to be top priorities.
"It is important that we have an effective teacher in every classroom in this state. Our state cannot afford to have just substitutes and people in the classroom who are not prepared,” said Atkinson.