Training More Teachers For North Carolina Schools
This week Governor Easley signed a bill into law that will ease North Carolina's shortage of highly qualified teachers in our state. The new law allows community colleges to set up a study program for students who want to become teachers through lateral entry. Anyone with a college degree will be able to attend a community college rather than a university to earn a teaching certificate. Studies show that North Carolina needs to hire about 10,000 teachers each year. However, of the 3,000 teachers graduating from our colleges each year only 2,200 end up teaching. Further, about 30% leave the profession within 3 years.