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UPDATE NC High Teacher Shortage per WRAL

UPDATE NC High Teacher Shortage per WRAL

I wanted to talk a little bit about teachers today. I don’t believe that I’ve done a blog on licensed teachers in the state of North Carolina. The reason that I wanted to bring something up today is because I ran across a very good WRAL article on the current teacher shortage in North Carolina.
So it looks like, according to the article, there is around a 42% drop in the number of teachers available in 2024 compared to 2023. The article explained that the reason for that shortage is that a number of teachers have reached retirement age and decided to accept retirement, moving on to pursue what they want in the rest of their lives. The other reason for the decreasing number of teachers is that there were a number of relatively new teachers, in their first or second year of teaching, who decided to resign and leave the field, no longer continuing as teachers in that profession.
One of the things that they’ve been doing to try to fill that gap – and they, being the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – is looking for those who are in related fields of study or related professions to hopefully fill in the teacher gap. This can be accomplished if somebody has non-teaching work experience that is relevant to certain teaching positions. What somebody does is they apply for a position, and they’ll use their non-teaching work experience. They’ll have a long list and a full explanation, as well as a matrix that’s done to basically tell DPI, ‘Hey, here’s how I’m qualified. I’m applying, and this is the level of pay that I should receive.’
So DPI comes back, they can say, ‘All right, well, we’ll hire you, but it won’t be at this pay because you don’t qualify due to X, Y, and Z.’ There could be an appeal, and that appeal could eventually go up to the Office of Administrative Hearings. If DPI accepts that and accepts the level of pay that the applicant is looking for, then obviously, no problems, and everything is kosher from there.
I hope that provides a little bit of background on what’s been going on, and I hope everybody has a fantastic day.

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