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Teacher's Message To NC Legislature

A well-respected teacher at Asheville Middle School says the fact that he's leaving for higher pay out of state, is a sign of troubling times in North Carolina.

November 26th is Chris Gable's last day on the job. Gable, who has a Master's degree, accepted a teaching position Columbus, Ohio. He'll almost double his $38,000 salary.

Gable says it was a difficult decision to make.

"I feel responsible for their learning," Gable says, referring to his students. "My approach to teaching, is to get students to really care and enjoy their learning."

He's taught social studies and language arts for the past decade.

"I love this community, and I love this state," he explains. "And I would teach here til I could retire, if it were financially possible i would stay here.  "   

North Carolina is ranked 46th in teacher pay.

With a wife and three children, he tells us moving out of state was the only viable choice. He hopes our governor and state legislature, learn from his example.

"I would pray that North Carolinians address a state legislature that leaves thousands of experienced teachers, with Master's degrees, their families are on medicaid and food assistance. "

One of his students, Chloe Singleton, came to Gable's defense with a letter to the editor in "Mountain Xpress."
"He's leaving because he can't support his family," Chloe says. "He's not being paid enough. And I feel this is very unjust."

Chris says in recent months, he's read other stories of teachers like him. He believes, this is a teachable moment for state lawmakers.
"It just illustrates how the best and brightest are leaving us. It's gonna be brain drain. And that affects kids. "


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