According to an annual teacher turnover report, 13,616 of the 95,028 teachers employed in the state last year decided to leave their districts, resulting in a turnover rate of 14.3%. The number is a five-year high, up 2.2% from 2011-12.
Via the News & Observer:
As in previous years, most of the teachers who left their jobs did so for other education jobs in and outside the classroom.
A relative handful of teachers resigned because they were dissatisfied with teaching or changed careers, but the numbers are steadily increasing; 887 last year compared with 541 in 2008-09. Early retirements are also up, from 228 in 2008-09 to 574 last year.
News & Observer – Teacher turnover in North Carolina reaches five-year high
The number of tenured teachers leaving their jobs is also on the rise. The AP reports that nearly half of the teachers who left their jobs last year had obtained tenure, up from 35% in 2008-09.
AP (via WRAL) – NC has fewer teachers and more students
Lynne Johnson, director of educator effectiveness at the state Department of Public Instruction, says the good news is that nearly a third of teachers who left their jobs continued to teach in North Carolina.
Local educators say the state will continue to lose teachers if low teacher pay and cuts to education funding are not remedied.
Via the Fay Observer:
“I think it’s going to get worse,” Till said. “There is no longer an incentive to not retire. And, for the young people, there is no longer an incentive to stay, because neighboring states pay $10,000 more.”
Judge Joy Hamilton found twelve Moral Monday protesters, including NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber, guilty of second-degree trespassing and violating Legislative Building rules Wednesday for their participation in civil disobedience at an April Moral Monday protest. Hamilton dismissed a charge of failing to disperse on command due to insufficient evidence.
All 12 defendants have appealed their convictions.
Rev. William Barber responds to the verdicts:
Roundup of news stories on the trial:
News & Observer – Barber, ‘Moral Monday’ protesters appeal convictions
Barber, Zellner and others tried Wednesday, Tuesday and one day in late October were convicted of violating a Legislative Building rule and second-degree trespass. They were ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs of $180, but all immediately appealed their convictions.
Earlier Wednesday, Hamilton said there was insufficient evidence that the 12 protesters posed a threat, so she tossed out the charge of failure to disperse against all of them.
Asheville Citizen-Times (AP) – NAACP’s Barber, 11 others guilty in NC protests
The dozen defendants in court this week were among the first of more than 930 people arrested during the 2013 legislative session as part of “Moral Monday” protests organized by the NAACP with a coalition of left-leaning groups against the policies of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and lawmakers.
The Associated Press reports more students and fewer teachers in North Carolina schools during the 2012-2013 school year:
The additional 17,200 students in public schools this year represents about a 1 percent increase over last year. But with static teacher employment levels, the state’s schools are about 740 teachers short of what would be needed if the extra 17,200 students were divided into classrooms of 23 each, Price said. That ultimately means class sizes will have to be larger to accommodate the additional students, which reduces one-on-one time with students, makes it more difficult for teachers to be effective and can cause student performance to suffer, said Karey Harwood, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Public Schools First NC.
The state Department of Transportation has closed the Bonner Bridge over structural concerns. An emergency ferry route between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point has been set up. From the state Ferry Division:
An emergency ferry route has been established between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point, and is expected to begin operating Wednesday morning. Ferry tolls are waived for riders while the route is in operation. At full capacity, the route can transport up to 380 single cars per boat each way.
Full release today from the DOT: (more…)
Via the News and Observer:
In a ruling issued Tuesday, a three-judge appeals court panel rejected arguments by N.C. Learns, a nonprofit organization backed by K12 Inc., a for-profit company and one of the biggest players in the online education business.
In early 2012, N.C. Learns used an unusual process in its quest to open the state’s first virtual charter school.
Unusual indeed. The cases raises some interesting issues about how the state is going to incorporate virtual charters. We’re a long way from seeing the rules on the matter, but the industry appears more than ready to jump into the NC market.
A new species of carnivorous dinosaur, Siats meekerorum, has been discovered by NCSU paleontologist Lindsey Zanno and colleague Peter Makovicky. The specimen — a juvenile — is one of the largest ever discovered in North America, measuring more than 30 feet long and weighing at least four tons. Siats fills a gap in the fossil record of more than 30 million years during which the top predator species was previously unknown. The giant dinosaur is thought to have reigned as apex predator in current day Utah during the Late Cretaceous period (100 million years ago to 66 million years ago).
A new species of carnivorous dinosaur – one of the three largest ever discovered in North America – lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago. This newly discovered species, Siats meekerorum, (pronounced see-atch) was the apex predator of its time, and kept tyrannosaurs from assuming top predator roles for millions of years.
Named after a cannibalistic man-eating monster from Ute tribal legend, Siats is a species of carcharodontosaur, a group of giant meat-eaters that includes some of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever discovered. The only other carcharodontosaur known from North America is Acrocanthosaurus, which roamed eastern North America more than 10 million years earlier. Siats is only the second carcharodontosaur ever discovered in North America; Acrocanthosaurus, discovered in 1950, was the first.
“It’s been 63 years since a predator of this size has been named from North America,” says Lindsay Zanno, a North Carolina State University paleontologist with a joint appointment at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and lead author of a Nature Communications paper describing the find. “You can’t imagine how thrilled we were to see the bones of this behemoth poking out of the hillside.”