Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina could receive an increase in salary and a higher certificate if they held graduate degrees.

That does not happen any longer.

Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina could receive due-process rights after a few years of teaching to allow themselves a chance for defense if their jobs were threatened. And that was before all of these claims of indoctrination, looking for books that need to be banned, and CRT hoaxes.

Since 2014, new teachers do not get due-process rights.

Ten years ago teachers in North Carolina received longevity pay if they had served for a certain number of years.

They no longer get that, even if all other state employees do.

Ten years ago, the salary schedule would provide step increases for each year that a teacher served in the classroom.

Now that salary scale tops off at year 15 for ten years.

10 years ago, schools were not measured by school performance grades.

North Carolina now uses a school grading system that weighs results of standardized tests much more than growth measures.

10 years ago EVAAS was not the powerful yet erroneous value-added measure system used to “label” teachers.

It is now.

And now new teachers will not be able to get retiree health benefits.

We as a state have been losing teachers. And that trend is gaining momentum.

So when a veteran teacher looks at this new plan to “strengthen” our teaching force:

It’s hard not to see that the goal in North Carolina is to make teaching a short-term occupation for contract workers willing to just deliver prepackaged “curriculum” to students who cannot afford private schools or homeschooling.


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