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Speech by Sen. Phil Berger raises questions about the future of teacher assistants, schools of education in NC

On October 27, 2015,  Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) gave a speech on public education reform at Best NC’s second annual legislative gathering.

On the Schools of Education:

“The truth is we either need to fix our schools of education in North Carolina or scrap them in favor of new and different approaches to teacher preparation. It doesn’t make sense to do both.” 

On Teacher Assistants:

“Research shows teacher assistants don’t have a meaningful impact on student’s academic outcomes…but here in North Carolina this year we will spend almost $400 million dollars on teacher assistants next year. I equate it to an office supply business that chooses to continue to invest in manual typewriters.”

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.