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More than 600 teachers have left Wake Co. since start of school year

More than 600 teachers have walked out of Wake County Schools since the start of the school year, according to WTVD-TV.

 More than 600 teachers have walked out of Wake County Schools since the start of the school year, according to WTVD-TV.

The school district says people are leaving for many reasons. Some for jobs in other states. Others are getting out of the profession entirely. However, many have a common reason — not enough pay.

Thursday’s announcement came as the debate over teacher pay escalates. North Carolina teachers haven’t had a pay increase in five years. They currently rank among the lowest paid in the country.

School leaders say they’re seeing a 41 increase in teacher resignations over the same period last year, and teachers are being very candid about their concerns.

“I think there’s a sense of hopelessness at this point,” said Underwood Elementary School fifth grader teacher Kelly Nystrom. “We work very hard. We are very well educated. We deserve to be financially compensated for our time.”

“Good teachers are making hard decisions to leave our classrooms for a better future somewhere else or in another line of work or in another profession,” said Doug Thilman, the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. “Not in our public schools, and not in our state.”

The Wake County Schools’ superintendent is requesting an extra $39 million from county commissioners in next year’s budget. Most of that money would support a 3.5 percent pay increase for teachers and other staff. Without one, school leaders say schools will suffer.

“It’s not beating the drum to say we want more money,” said NCAE Vice President Mark Jewel. “It’s definitely the bigger picture here that North Carolina is sending the message that we don’t value public schools.”

Read full story: WTVD-TV

22 comments

  • Bazinga

    We pay enough for welfare and food stamps, time to start paying for the people who have to care for the welfare kids!

  • Lilo

    Yet, there are teachers who qualify and receive welfare. You should never have a full time job with benefits but still meet qualifications for government assistance. Just sad

      • LazerTag

        Honestly, people make good money and still are receiving gov’t assistance because they know how to work the system. A lady that works with me received all free upgrades in her home and also receives public assistance and she makes over 45K a year….because she has a kid and no child support and a color of non caucasian, she gets it all.

      • Keith

        Actually John S, it is NOT bullcrap! There are full-time teachers in the state of North Carolina who are single parents who qualify for free and reduced lunch simply because of a salary below the poverty level. WAKE UP!

  • Flossie

    Be in professional sports…you don’t have to know anything except for spitting and scratching…..and you’ll get millions!!

  • Lee

    I think it is GREAT to hear about so many teachers changing there profession and being true to themselves. I hope to see another 600 leave very soon before the end of this current school year.

    *Thousands of children in the school to prison pipeline

    *Thousands of children wrongly classified in Exceptional Children/Special Education due to lack of classroom instruction

    *Thousands of children having suspensions in schools due to poor classroom management

    *Thousands of children referred to Juvenile Justice System as a result of school referrals

    *Thousands of children referred to DSS

    However we call this a education system, NOT!!! Law indicates that children deserve a sounds basic education.

    Years ago we could educate children and teach them how to READ without millions of dollars, SROs in school and so many other things that our schools are experiencing in NORTH CAROLINA

  • Richard Nance

    I think in some cases its probably about money, but, also, its the students themselves, not All of them mind you, but, a lot of students are thugs, don’t listen, argue with the teacher, in other words they Never had any discipline at their HOME & if a teacher either tells the student to Shut Up or touches the Student then the Teacher is in BIG TIME Trouble, their hands are tied, they have to Tippy-Toe around these Prima Donna Thugs & Thugette’s for 9 months out of the year & who in the world wants to do that plus one more thing, 90% of the time the Principal, School Board or no one else will take up for the Teachers these days, probably once in a while, but soon as a Parent shows up at the school raising all H & cursing out everybody in sight because a teacher UPSET her Thug Child then they win every single time…..who would want to be a teacher these days anyway & if you don’t believe me about the Young or Older kids & their parents go to Walmart,Target, a nice Restaurant, a Ball Game, a Movie, anything and the kids are running wild creating a ruckus & the parents just sit there & let them do anything they want!!!

    • Mark Stabler

      Could not agree more Richard. Years ago if a child got spanked at school they did everything possible to keep their parents from finding out..because they knew they would get a much worse spanking at home. Not now. Don’t even raise your voice to my precious little darling because they would never do anything wrong at school No discipline at home, no attention at home and no respect for parents, teachers or themselves.

  • Mondschatten

    Personally, I can’t blame the teachers for walking out due to no pay increases. They have to buy all their classroom supplies with their own money.

  • Catherine Carter

    The NC lottery was voted in to help education. There has been a big decline in the educational program since. Who’s pocketing the money? Certainly not our schools. A teacher taught our politicians in school so they could make the big bucks while the teacher is underpaid.

  • Keith

    I hope more teachers leave to show the seriousness of the situation. My wife is a reacher and it is a shame what teachers have to put up with in the classroom, dealing with parents the don’t care, a systems that doesn’t support them, paying for their own supplies so they can teach the required subjects, etc. Even though teachers EARN time off when they use it they have to pay $50 a day for their sub. YES – $50 PER DAY! To any of you that say “it’s just about money” – yes it is because they are under paid, required to work extra hours while being under paid and NO teachers do not get the entire summer off. They have to stay a couple of weeks after students leave and return two weeks before students return. Then there are those stupid workshops that usually do absolutely nothing to assist the teachers or improve education. The bottom line is – teachers pay can be divided up annually, monthly or weekly the result is the same – they are underpaid. I am sick and tired of great teachers getting screwed over. Enough is enough – it’s time to pay teachers for what they do!!!!

  • Keith

    I hope more teachers leave to show the seriousness of the situation. My wife is a teacher and it is a shame what teachers have to put up with in the classroom, dealing with parents that don’t care, a system that doesn’t support them, paying for their own supplies so they can teach the required subjects, etc. Even though teachers EARN time off when they use it they have to pay $50 a day for their sub. YES – $50 PER DAY! To any of you that say “it’s just about money” – yes it is because they are under paid, required to work extra hours while being under paid and NO teachers do not get the entire summer off. They have to stay a couple of weeks after students leave and return two weeks before students return. Then there are those stupid workshops that usually do absolutely nothing to assist the teachers or improve education. The bottom line is – teachers pay can be divided up annually, monthly or weekly the result is the same – they are underpaid. I am sick and tired of great teachers getting screwed over. Enough is enough – it’s time to pay teachers for what they do!!!!

  • Lenore Haney

    I’ve worked for 26 years in the Education System as a Media Specialist. I am in it for the STUDENTS. My students are why I’m there. It’s certainly NOT for the money. When I retire, I plan to work somewhere that I get paid for all my education. It won’t be in N.C.
    Very Sad.
    There is no incentive to be a teacher anymore.
    There is so much wrong with our curriculum that it is ridiculous. NOONE understands the Math. Go back to what works. YIKES.
    We have to be in a constant lock down state. Noone can get in anywhere without a key. It’s no fun teaching anymore. I’m thinking of putting my child in a private school.

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