by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
WTVD reports that “WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachers.” As usual, North Carolina does not rank in the bottom five of any variable used to rank the “teacher-friendliness” of states (perhaps with the exception of teacher union strength), but it magically appears in the bottom five of the overall ranking.
Teachers in states that did well in the ranking dismissed it. According to a Fox affiliate in Illinois, “Educators question study that ranks Illinois 4th best state for teachers.” (HT: EIA) This may lead one to believe that unhappiness is the natural condition of the teaching profession in America.