Episode 1 – Part 2

This is Episode 1.2 – “Audi 3000”

In the second part of this two part episode, public school teachers Alicia and Emmanuel continue talking with former educators Meredith and Paul about their decision to leave the classroom.  Besides feeling micro-managed and overworked, they hit on perhaps one of the biggest issues facing teachers today – the issue of teacher pay.

A hot issue across the country, teacher pay really stings in NC where, until very recently, teacher pay dropped from 26th in 2008 to 47th in 2014.  Despite recently raising starting salaries for teachers, North Carolina is remains at the bottom for teacher pay.  The NEA estimates that the average salary for a teacher in the 2014-2015 school year was $47,783 – which moves NC up from 47th to 42nd.  Currently, teacher salaries start at $33,000 and top out at $50,000 after 25 years of teaching – although this is supposed to go up for the 2015-2016 school year to $35,000.

Mixed into the teacher pay talk, we talk about not wanting to choose between paying rent and eating for a month, a Koch brother’s private wild-west playground, gubernatorial bathroom renovations, and Stephen Colbert’s recent “Oprah-ing” of DonorsChoose.  Finally, we talk about what’s making us happy.  Good books (Seveneves, Neal Stephenson), good apps (IFTTT recipes look amazing), and buying a house in the Bull City if for nothing other than access to good dim sum and good comics (Atomic Empire).

About the Podcast

Hot Four Teachers is recorded in conjunction with Red 4 Ed NC and is dedicated to the goal of amplifying teacher voice.  Red 4 Ed is a special project of Public Schools First NC, supporting North Carolina’s public schools through information, education, and engagement.  Our in and out music, “Believe in Me”, was provided by Ryan Little. Believe in Me (Ryan Little) / CC BY 4.0

You can find Red 4 Ed NC on Facebook or Twitter (@Red4EdNC).  Red 4 Ed is a special project of Public Schools First, NC.  You can visit them online at publicschoolsfirstnc.com or follow them on Twitter @PS1NC.

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