6/23/2014 6:15pm

Science teacher Raymond Thomas chats with his coworkers in the library of Carrboro High School.

Low pay harms K-12 teacher recruitment and retention

In 2000 an engineer left an annual salary of $70,000 to teach and nurture students’ passion for science.“Fourteen years later, my pay is still not back up to where I was when I left the (research) industry,” said Raymond Thomas, now a Carrboro High School science teacher.

11/11/2013 3:54pm

Teacher panel meets for first time

The Teacher Advisory Committee, appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory, began discussing its yearlong exploration into education issues plaguing the state last week, amid outcries about teacher pay and education quality.

10/14/2013 5:06pm

Obama proposes tobacco tax increase

Four years since President Barack Obama signed into law the largest federal cigarette excise tax in history, he is considering another proposal that would bring the federal tax on cigarettes up to almost $2.

10/10/2013 4:31pm

Plan for NC teacher walkout stalls

North Carolina teachers upset with low pay and recent cuts to public education were planning to walk out of the classroom Nov. 4 to send a message to the N.C. General Assembly — but an actual walkout is looking unlikely.

9/15/2013 4:39pm

Chuck Hennessee, an AVID teacher at Culbreth Middle School, helps his students with their assignments. Today the students are their own tutors. Each student identifies a subject that they need to study and are put into groups. Hennessee points out that he does not teach his students; his students teach each other.

State teachers face difficult choices after new law

In two years, Culbreth Middle School teacher Chuck Hennessee will be fully vested as a public educator and can retire — facing a decision to stay in the profession or find something else.