School chief's figures misleading
Sunday, May 12, 2019
While I salute Superintendent Mark Johnson’s positive approach to teacher education in our state, his college tuition statistics are misleading.
He states, “A student can become a teacher in North Carolina for $1,000 a year in tuition.” While the lowest priced state university, Elizabeth City State, says its annual tuition for a full time state resident is $1,000, the website also lists an additional $2,193 in fees. This is why a Google search of Elizabeth City State University tuition rates will lead you to a figure more than double $1,000. And this is not taking into account textbooks. At ECU, the total tuition and fees (no room and board or textbooks included) is $6,997. UNC-Chapel Hill’s figure is $8,986.
Most North Carolina high school graduates do not live within daily commuting distance of ECSU. And even those who do will pay more than $1,000 per year for a full-time course schedule. The leadership of the State Department of Public Instruction should re-check the numbers for North Carolina residents to attend a state university full-time.
Note: The writer is responding to a column by N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, “Our State is a Great Place to Be a Teacher,” which appeared in Monday’s edition of The Daily Reflector.