by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Public schools throughout North Carolina are preparing for the 2012-13 school year. Although the start of the traditional calendar school year is right around the corner, hundreds of teaching and administrative positions remain vacant.
As of Monday morning, the North Carolina Public Schools Application System (NCPSAS) listed over 1,000 traditional public school job openings, at least 600 of which were teaching positions. Charter school jobs are not posted on the site.
The following is a more specific breakdown of the vacancies:
NCPSAS is not a real-time computer system. Job postings on the website are maintained by local school districts, so districts have already filled some of the vacancies listed on the site. Moreover, districts may choose to post only a portion of their available positions. This may account for why there are few substitute and bus driver vacancies listed. School district officials know that it is unnecessary to launch a statewide search to find qualified individuals to fill these positions.
The state application system does not include every public school district in the state. The two largest systems in North Carolina, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), maintain their own job listing and application systems. On Monday, WCPSS listed 167 open teacher and teacher assistant positions, while the CMS had 219 instructional vacancies listed on their job board website.
If you are looking for higher pay and prestige, the NC Department of Public Instruction currently has 13 jobs available, eight of which have a minimum salary of more than $50,000 a year.
Schools are hiring more teachers this year than they did in 2011. Last year at this time, the state listed 728 traditional public school vacancies. Approximately 275 of these were classroom teacher positions. There are a number of possible explanations for the increase — additional revenue, a more productive allocation of resources, higher turnover, school reform efforts, etc. But that is a discussion for another time.
You know that a movie is bad when IMDB lists "memorable quotes" like these:
The above quotes are from No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), starring Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme. It may be the worst movie ever made.
Facts and Stats
Lumberton Senior High School is looking for a varsity softball coach and a varsity basketball coach. Both listings say, "teaching responsibilities to be determined." In other words, coaching ability is a must but teaching skills are an afterthought. Splendid.
I would like to invite all readers to submit announcements, as well as their personal insights, anecdotes, concerns, and observations about the state of education in North Carolina. I will publish selected submissions in future editions of the newsletter. Anonymity will be honored. For additional information or to send a submission, email Terry at [email protected].
Education Acronym of the Week
NCPSAS — North Carolina Public Schools Application System
Quote of the Week
"There are employment opportunities in NC public schools from the coast to the mountains!" — Work 4 NC Schools website
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