Randi Smith: Experience not lucrative for teachers

June 24, 2013 

Experience not lucrative

According to the June 20 news article “For Merrill, perks atop $275K,” “school officials” justified new Wake County Schools Superintendent Jim Merrill’s salary by saying that “they had to pay Merrill more to recognize that he has greater education experience than (Tony) Tata and to compete with what’s offered to superintendents in districts similar in size to Wake.”

An earlier News & Observer article cited North Carolina as ranking 46th in teacher salary among the 50 states and District of Columbia. Applying the same justification used for Merrill’s salary to teachers’ salaries, I would have to infer that North Carolina teachers must not be competitive in their qualifications and abilities with teachers in all but three other states, and that North Carolina is not interested in attracting more qualified teachers to work in our public schools. Can this be true?

Randi Smith

Carrboro

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