Outstanding Teacher in North Carolina Reluctantly Quits

Diane Ravitch's blog

Chris Gable is a beloved teacher of language arts and social studies in Asheville, North Carolina. People consider him not just a good teacher, but a great one. And he is leaving North Carolina.

Teachers’ salaries have sunk so low that Gable can’t afford to stay in North Carolina.

Yet Gable, whose low salary qualifies his family for Medicaid and food assistance, finds himself on a path toward financial ruin, in spite of his education and hard work.

“I feel guilty,” said Gable, who is quitting his job on November 26 and leaving his beloved Asheville for a more promising financial future teaching in Columbus, Ohio. There, he figures he’ll make close to $30,000 more than his current salary, which is $38,000 for ten years’ experience and a master’s degree.

“I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from parents and peers about the fact that I am leaving. I want…

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