Under the Dome

Governor’s top education adviser is leaving

Eric Guckian, Gov. Pat McCrory’s senior education adviser, is leaving that post at the end of the month to take a job with a national group.

Guckian will be vice president of alliances at Leadership for Educational Equity, an organization that works with Teach for America corps members and alumni. Guckian is a Teach for America alumnus and was executive director for Teach for America in North Carolina.

“Eric’s passion for students and teachers helped us achieve improvements that reach into every classroom in North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement.

Guckian helped pass last year’s plan for teacher raises that significantly boosted beginning teacher salaries. He helped with legislation that reallocated $16 million from community college enrollment reductions into courses that trained students in high demand fields, McCrory’s office said.

He also helped McCrory establish a teacher advisory committee.

While McCrory has been able to advance some education plans, he has been unable to convince the legislature to create what he calls a “career pathway” for teachers, which would have allowed teachers to earn more money if they took leadership roles in schools, taught hard-to-staff subjects, or taught in hard-to-staff schools.