WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – This year has brought many changes to public education in North Carolina.
Among other things, lawmakers are eliminating teacher tenure and phasing out pay for master's degrees.
Now, researchers at UNCW are working to determine how those actions in Raleigh are affecting public education in a first-of-its-kind study called "Listening to Those on the Front Lines."
Scott Imig and Robert Smith, faculty members in the Watson College of Education, created a survey that has been completed by 515 teachers and administrators in 37 North Carolina.
Three-fourths of the teachers said they're less likely to continue working in the state because of the new laws, according to preliminary results.
Nearly half said the new laws have reduced the quality of teaching and learning in their own classrooms.
Almost all the teachers said the elimination of master's pay will hurt the quality of public education in the state.
Smith believes the results indicate that the state may have trouble recruiting talented new teachers.
"If I was a parent and my child was saying to me, ‘I'm thinking about being a teacher,' I think most parents at this point might say out of caution, ‘Are you sure this is the right profession?'" he said.
Public educators can click here to complete the survey.
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