Pam Tilley is an NC educator, and she's well informed. Recently she wrote an open letter to Jerry Tillman, education committee chair.
As a citizen and mother in North Carolina, I am gravely concerned about the rapid exodus of teachers leaving North Carolina for higher pay in other states. While I recognize that there are highly qualified teachers such as myself (all “accomplished/distinguished” per this year’s evaluation) who consider North Carolina their home and teaching their calling and refuse to wave the white flag, I completely understand why teachers are leaving at higher rates. Last summer, in my frustration with the legislation that was passed removing teacher tenure and once again denying teachers a cost-of-living adjustment or step increase, I started a blog to archive teacher resignation letters: www.resignnc.org
Yes, that's right. Ms. Tilley started the resignnc blog, a compilation of resignation letters from teachers, and wow, that was brilliant and the letters there are powerful.
[from Aimi]: We borrow from our elementary aged children’s birthday stash to fill our gas tanks.
[from Anonymous]: I was a teacher in Florida for ten years. My teaching career in North Carolina barely lasted a month. ... I resigned because I could not afford to be a teacher in North Carolina and recent laws passed by the Legislature made it clear that I would never be able to afford to be a teacher in this state.
[from Melissa]: I had no choice but to search for a job that will allow me to provide for my family and to pay back the thousands of dollars in college loans that I took to be a teacher
There are quite a few more at resignnc.
Thank you Pam Tilley for bringing to light the plight of our teachers in their, and your own words. We really hope that Jerry Tillman is listening, but we're not counting on it. He and his cohorts thus far have continued to make Art Pope's tax cut a higher priority than increasing teacher pay.