Hey, North Carolina? Where’d All Your Teachers Go?

Teachers are leaving the profession in greater numbers and at higher percentages in North Carolina TURNOVER NCthan in previous years.  Others are just moving.

The turnover rate is now 14.84% though the rate of the exodus has slowed.

A study by the Albert Shanker Institute pegs the national rate at which teachers leave the profession as just below 8%.

I hate statistics, and the report summary demonstrates why.  Clearly you can make statistics say almost anything you want, if you’re willing to fib:


“Generally, teachers are remaining in the classroom in North Carolina.”  No, actually not.  14.84 % of all teachers from 2013-2014 are not in the classroom in North Carolina at all.  Jeesh!  That’s almost half!

This article points to the fact that increasingly, North Carolina teachers are moving out of state to teach. About 1,000 jumped ship:


Source: NC Dept. of Public Instruction

The two rows under the yellow row are important.  460 teachers left public schools to go to private or quasi-private charter schools.  So almost 1,500 teachers left the regular North Carolina classroom for non-public schools.  Of course the figure is higher, since some people gave up teaching, then moved or went back to school.

There are great reasons to teach in North Carolina.  It is a beautiful place, with lots of wonderful places to visit.  You can find inexpensive homes, but all new construction is $200,000 plus according to the signs I see.  We have mountains and beaches.  We’re bursting at the seams with Yankee and Midwestern transplants and new immigrants from Central America.  Most districts in population centers are growing.  If you really want to teach, there are plenty of jobs.

For now, staying in the profession seems to take some stubbornness.

I’ll get to that topic in a later post.

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