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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina schools are losing teachers and adding more students.

New school data shows there were nearly 96,000 teachers in North Carolina working with more than 1.5 million students as of October.

State schools chief finance officer Philip Price says that means schools need an additional 740 teachers if the extra 17,000 students are divided into classrooms of 23 each.

Karey Harwood of the advocacy group Public Schools First says the trend of more students and fewer teachers has been underway for several years, increasing class sizes, making it more difficult for teachers to be effective, and potentially hurting student performance.

An annual teacher turnover report discussed Wednesday by the state school board says almost 14,000 teachers left their jobs last year, primarily to teach somewhere else.

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gcassidy
2016 years 2 months ago

What you are forgetting guest, is that all students are not created equal. Those of us at at-risk schools hope for growth rather than passage because most of our children can barely cope with school because they come from unimaginable home lives and no support at home. So, is it fair to compare me to a teacher with no at risk students who has a high passage rate? You are comparing apples to oranges.
Most of our students are behind, half are on medication of one type or another and struggle to get through the day.
On the topic of getting… Read more »

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Abby
2016 years 2 months ago

WELCOME to the debasement of education for your child. The citizens of North Carolina are going to get what they deserve – in spades!!!
HAHAHA

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bigaltheterp@gmail.com
2016 years 2 months ago

There is plenty of money for teachers. It is just a matter of teachers standing up to conservative greed and claiming resources for education rather than letting legislators claim resources for banker/corporate greed. In the banking capitol of the US that is NC, It has literally come down to private school v. public school. It really makes you wonder who is hounding these education articles, boo-hooing people who justifiably don’t want NC to be last in teacher pay.

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Guest7969
2016 years 2 months ago

You certainly haven’t looked at the budget and compared it to past education budgets…have you!? Also, the Democrats have put us in the mess we’re in right now….THEIR leadership got our system EXACTLY in the shape it’s in!

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Guest7969
2016 years 2 months ago

that TEACH…should take a step back and ACTUALLY do some research on just what the State passed…it INCREASED money to education…It made AUTOMATIC bonuses and pay raises go away and made it based on performance…WELCOME to the real world where you don’t get something for nothing!

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