Teachers might not be here to stay, according to a recent report released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
The 2014-15 Annual Report on Leaving the Profession said a total of 14,255 teachers left their positions in local school districts — creating an overall state turnover rate of 14.84 percent.This turnover rate, up from 14.12 percent in 2013-14, has increased in four of the past five years.
Suzanne Gulledge, a professor at the UNC School of Education, said she thinks this could be a disincentive for students to go into education — already a job that requires a certain love of the field.
“If one doesn’t have that personal motivation, it’s too hard of a line of work to go into," she said.
To keep teachers in the state, she said the School of Education will offer a 5-year Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in teaching program next fall.
"It’ll be combined with a pedagogy," Gulledge said. "It’ll have a residency component where one spends a substantial time in public schools in school work.”
Keith Poston, executive director of the N.C. Public School Forum, said while salary and working conditions are drivers, there are other factors.
“Teachers often feel like they don’t have a voice in their career in the decisions made at the state level and the district level in terms of instruction and policies," Poston said.
But Lindalyn Kakadelis, director of Education Outreach for the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, said the numbers do not tell the whole story — some teachers simply took on administrative roles or retired.