Teacher turnover rate in NC climbs to 14%

A number that will likely continue climbing once short-term contracts become the norm:

An annual report shows that more North Carolina teachers left their jobs in 2012-13 than in previous school years.

Out of the 95,028 teachers employed, 13,616 teachers left their districts, resulting in an overall state turnover rate of about 14 percent, or about one out of every seven teachers. That number is a slight increase from the previous year’s turnover rate of 12 percent and 11 percent in 2010-11.

While a healthy portion of those teachers moved to another district, that can be a red flag of other problems, such as low home ownership or a spouse being forced to take a job elsewhere. There are very few green flags associated with a high turnover rate.


When teachers move from one

When teachers move from one district to another that is often a reflection of the low wealth v high wealth / rural v urban divide. Poor and/or rural counties pay low or no supplements. When pay at the state level is stagnant high supplement counties are the only source to increase salary. The poor/rural counties often serve as the incubators for inexperienced teachers. They get their first job and then apply after a few years either for a job in a county like Wake or out of state. This is especially true of the teacher pipeline that NC has had with young teachers from places like Pennsylvania and Ohio. While the state as a whole will suffer, the poor rural counties will see a disproportionally high amount of suffering.

In my opinion, the most important ingredient in creating a healthy, productive education environment is stability. It isn't enough to hire good teachers. It is much more important to keep teacher turnover as low as possible. There should be a healthy mix of new, experienced and graybeard teachers. With high turnover a school is constantly rebooting. When a staff remains in place over a number of years students benefit significantly in every way. That just isn't happening anymore.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Makes sense

There's probably a lot of mentoring going on behind the scenes between the older teachers and the newbies, or there would be if both knew some roots were being spread.

There is, but just as

There is, but just as importantly young teachers bring innovative ideas, fresh perspectives and energy. That serves to rejuvenate graybeards like yours truly.

I'm a moderate Democrat.