by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Business.org released a Wallethub-style ranking of “best states for teachers.” Yes, I know, I clicked on it. Sorry. The N.C. Association of Educators had a Facebook post about it, and I just couldn’t help myself. They complain, “On average, NC teachers make 20% less than the average salary for all occupations in our state. We’re not even in the top 20 nationwide. That says a lot about the priorities of state lawmakers.”
North Carolina ranks much higher than South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, although the methodology leaves a lot to be desired.