We’re number 50!

Latest ranking of worst state for teachers.  Well, DC counts, so at least we’re not dead last:

Once again, North Carolina is bringing up the rear when it comes to states that offer the best opportunities for teachers, at least according to WalletHub.

The personal finance website bases its annual ranking of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., on metrics including teacher salary rates, quality of school systems and public education investment…

“We got a lot of work ahead of us,” state Rep. Craig Horn, a Republican who sits on the Education Committee, told WBTV. “It’s not all doom and gloom, but this report again points up the fact that we need to do more for all of our teachers.”

That report added that other states — notably, Texas — are already luring teachers away from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other N.C. districts.

South Carolina came in just a few spots ahead of North Carolina on the Wallethub ranking, coming in at No. 45. The only state to rank lower was West Virginia.

The good news, if there is any? The Tar Heel State moved up from No. 51 — dead last — on the 2014 ranking, WBTV noted.

Reminded me of this quote I read back when the Senate passed the budget:

Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca, however, suggested that more funding isn’t necessarily the answer. “Money doesn’t fix problems. People fix problems, and we are blessed to have some of the best teachers in the country here,” he said.

And this is based on what exactly?  Because Tom Apodaca says so?  As a general rule, teachers do not exactly flock to the states where they are paid and respected the least (and, yes, those two are very much related).  What utter BS.  Forget about paying teachers well and supporting public education because we have some great teachers?!  Umm, not for long.  And these are the morons literally running this state (into the ground).  So depressing.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to We’re number 50!

  1. ohwilleke says:

    I hear that they have Hurricanes out your way too. Come to Denver where we treat our teachers better and you don’t have to deal with hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, or kudzu.

  2. ohwilleke says:

    After all that rain, 300 days of sunshine a year has to sound good.

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