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Number of teachers leaving CMS doubles

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The number of teachers leaving Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has nearly doubled in recent years. 

During the 2009-10 school year 449 teachers left. As of April 1st during the 2013-14 school year, 858 teachers have said goodbye to CMS.

251 of the 858 teachers who resigned say they left because of teacher compensation.  Teachers say it's getting more challenging to make ends meet.

"Some of us have even gone to plasma blood banks," West Mecklenburg High School Teacher Tammy Reynolds said. "Just to earn extra money."

Reynolds recently gave blood.

"The $50 I made on Sunday," Reynolds said. "That can be gas in the car and pay another bill I am behind on."

Teachers who left CMS because of pay either changed careers completely or traveled to teach in another state for more pay.

"Those are probably good quality teachers," Reynolds said. "That are leaving and therefore the classroom and students are suffering."

Gwen Meadows recently received her Master's in Education. She is now a teaching coach in CMS.  She says she can't afford to teach in CMS, so she is taking her talents abroad.

"In August I am leaving for the Middle East to Abu Dhabi," Meadows said.  "I'll be teaching sixth grade English."

She says he pay will increase.

"Double," Meadows said. "Close to three times." 

The school district is working hard to get $46.2 million more from county commissioners to pay for a 3 percent raise for all CMS workers. 

Board members believe getting that 3 percent would be a start to keep teachers in the classrooms. 

Board members realize a raise is not all that is needed to keep teachers with CMS.  Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says he will be traveling talking to teachers asking what else needs to happen to keep teachers in the classroom.

Click here to see the complete CMS Teacher Separation Data Study.

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