by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Last week, I pointed out that the ABC 11 article “The bottom line is the kids will suffer:’ NC school districts struggle with job vacancies” failed to substantiate the claim that districts are struggling with job vacancies. Durham was the only district that reported an increase in vacancies this year, but there is no indication that it is a “struggle” for the district to fill those positions.
As an August 3, 1918, News & Observer article above suggests, complaints about teacher shortages and the cause of shortages (low salaries) is a back-to-school tradition in North Carolina. Of course, there appear to be fewer complaints in years when Democrats have a legislative majority.