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North Carolina education leaders defend plan to revamp teacher license

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Katherine Truitt, DPI Superintendent. CJ file photo

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s top education leaders defended a new framework for teacher licensure at the state’s Board of Education meeting on Aug. 4.

State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis and Public Education Superintendent Katherine Truitt said rising teacher shortages and declining enrollments in colleges of education should be reformed to feed the pipeline of qualified teachers. indicates that is required.

“In short, our state is in an education crisis that is having a significant negative impact on today’s students and, if not fixed, will damage our state for generations to come.

“Licenses show how we value the teaching profession,” he added. “Today, licensure is a barrier to teachers entering and remaining in the profession. It often limits the opportunities you have.”

Truitt says: “The truth is that we are solving a bigger problem than the people currently in this profession. , want a job where they can be promoted through proven results rather than years of experience.They want a path to promotion and are not going to stay in the same job for more than five years at a time.They want mentorship and I want your support.”

The General Assembly established the Professional Educator Preparedness and Standards Commission in 2017 to advise lawmakers on teacher licensing and salary reform. PEPSC said he will release the first draft in April and will submit the final draft to the state commission in September. The plan is then sent to the General Assembly for funding approval.

The draft proposal provides a seven-tier system that places a greater emphasis on performance and provides a clear path to advancement, in contrast to the current framework, which prioritizes seniority and certification. Under the new proposal, salaries for apprentice teachers start at $30,000 a year, and salaries for advanced teachers start at $72,000 a year.

“After all, it’s amazing that the North Carolina Teacher of the Year pays the same base salary as all other teachers with the same experience and qualifications.” By doing so, low-performing people will stay in the classroom, and high-performing teachers will be relegated to managerial and non-educational roles.”

The North Carolina Educators Association condemned the draft. In a tweet on August 4, NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly said: Chairman Davis (and others) are incredibly disingenuous by continuing to repeat it in order to advance their much-hated plan. “

But Truitt and Davis told the state board that “misinformation” was circulating about the new plan.

“Most occupations have distinct career paths, opportunities for advancement, and opportunities for incremental earnings based on impact,” says Truitt. “We want teachers to be given the same opportunities for growth and impact and paychecks. They deserve the opportunity to climb the ladder without leaving the classroom for administration.” ”

“This initiative will help us recruit and retain more of the best teachers in our classrooms, reform the licensing process to remove barriers and time delays, increase levels of professional support and improve teacher promotion,” Davis said. I believe we can create more opportunities.”

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