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NCAE Decries Today’s Vote on Blueprint for Teacher Licensure Changes

‘Blueprint for Action’ created by PEPSC falls far short of respecting teachers’ expertise, rewarding their time in the profession, offering support throughout their career, and recruiting and retaining educators of color.
Published: 11/11/2022

Key Takeaways

  1. The ‘Blueprint for Action’ created by PEPSC falls far short of this goal, demonstrated by the committee’s narrow vote to even move their plan forward.
  2. Attracting new candidates to North Carolina public schools and create a path toward growth and success.
  3. North Carolina needs a teacher licensure program that respects teachers’ expertise, rewards their time in the profession.

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Sarah Garfinkel, [email protected], 919-370-4515

NCAE Decries Today’s Vote on Blueprint for Teacher Licensure Changes 

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) President Tamika Walker Kelly released the following statement after today’s narrow vote by the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) on its harmful “Blueprint for Action” that would impact how teachers are licensed and compensated in North Carolina: 

“We believe North Carolina needs a teacher licensure program that respects teachers’ expertise, rewards their time in the profession, offers support throughout their career, and recruits and retains educators of color in a way that reflects the demographics of our public-school student population. The ‘Blueprint for Action’ created by PEPSC falls far short of this goal, demonstrated by the committee’s narrow vote to even move their plan forward. 

“We know that our students are more likely to succeed when they have more experienced teachers. Investing in those teachers will attract new candidates to North Carolina public schools and create a path toward growth and success from the mountains to the coast. NCAE will continue our work to urge the General Assembly and State Board of Education to reject any changes to licensure that will harm our public school workers, their students and our communities.”  

To speak with Walker Kelly or for more information on NCAE, please contact [email protected]

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired, and student members. 

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The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), NC's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NCAE's members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NCAE has affiliate organizations in every county and student chapters in select colleges and universities throughout the state.