Wake County school leaders to discuss 'alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations'

Posted by T. Keung Hui on April 16, 2014 

Wake County School Board

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher, left, talks with Superintendent Jim Merrill in a February 2014 file photo.

ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

Wake County school leaders have scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon to discuss “the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.”

The media briefing takes place at a time when Wake is pushing for teacher pay raises. School leaders have also complained about the elimination of teacher tenure and the phasing out of extra pay for advanced degrees .

Wake is also lobbying the state to drop the requirement that if offer contracts encouraging 25 percent of teachers to give up tenure for $500-a-year pay raises.

Last Wednesday, April 9, was the deadline for Wake teachers to opt out of being considered for the contracts. Wake will take the remaining pool of teachers and determine which ones should be offered the new contracts.

Here’s the media advisory Wake sent out today:

Press Briefing on Mid-Year Teacher Turnover

The Wake County Public School System is hosting a press briefing on the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.

Time and Date: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014

Location: Media Center, Underwood Elementary, 1614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, Phone: 919-856-7663

Participants:

• Doug Thilman, WCPSS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

• Dr. Michael Maher, Assistant Dean for Professional Education and Accreditation, North Carolina State University College of Education

• Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” Jordan, Principal, Underwood Elementary

Superintendent Jim Merrill and Wake County Board of Education Chair Christine Kushner will also be available for Q&A.

As of this writing, we are working on making available one or more WCPSS teachers who have either already left the system, or are intending to leave at year’s end.

WCPSS Communications will provide data and news release tomorrow afternoon.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service