Farmer-Butterfield outlines top priorities – Wilson Times

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North Carolina teachers aren’t paid what they’re worth, state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield says, and as a former educator herself, she ought to know.

The six-term Democratic lawmaker left her job as a sixth-grade teacher at Chapel Hill’s Glenwood Elementary School to work in state government in the early 1970s. She said teachers are often forced to choose between their passion for the career and higher-paying jobs outside public education.

"They need to be paid on a competitive level,” Farmer-Butterfield said. "It is important that good teachers do not flee to other states nearby or flee to other jobs. I was surprised that the pay was hard to live on. I thought that teachers deserved more respect and that their input should matter.”

North Carolina ranks 46th in teacher pay nationwide, and Farmer-Butterfield said high teacher turnover affects students, parents and entire communities. With seasoned educators leaving the classroom or moving out-of-state, more students could fall behind. (Source: Read more)

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