"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.
One thousand one hundred and three...That's how many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District teachers resigned or retired this past school year.
They called it quits…threw in the towel…said enough was enough.
That’s an extremely high number and a scary one.
What's even scarier is finding the people who will replace them.
CMS has admitted there is a crisis with the teacher pipeline.
Not enough people going into education these days.
You’ve heard the reasons – low pay, discipline problems, a flood of paperwork, conflicts with management.
That being the case, we wonder who will end up teaching our kids? Who will prepare them for the future?
Something has to change so our students don't suffer and get left behind.
Now’s the time to hold all elected leaders accountable.
CMS, the School Board, and our state politicians must thoroughly examine why our good teachers are leaving.
They must find new and effective ways to attract people to the teaching profession.
Whether it's increasing pay for all teachers, establishing good leadership at all schools,
or promoting innovation and imagination in the classroom, we must act now.
You can help, as well.
If you know people who are thinking about becoming teachers, encourage them.
Let them know they’re valued and appreciated.
Remind them that their investment in our children will generate invaluable results for a lifetime.