RALEIGH -

Wake County school officials say the number of teacher resignations has increased 41 percent this year.
    
School officials said Thursday that 612 of the county's 9,000 teachers have resigned since the beginning of the school year. That compares with 433 resignations during the same time last year.
    
School officials said the increase shows the need to raise teacher salaries. They also say the state should reconsider changes lawmakers have made to phase out tenure and to eliminate extra pay for advanced degrees.
    
Assistant superintendent Doug Thilman says teachers are finding better jobs elsewhere.
    
North Carolina is 46th in the nation in average teacher pay.
    
Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam of Apex says he's not sure the situation is as serious as Wake school officials say.