McCrory's budget eases teacher pay provision

Posted May 27, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory unveils a performance-based pay plan for North Carolina teachers during a news conference at North Carolina A&T State University on May 7, 2014.

— Gov. Pat McCrory's budget would allow school districts to opt out of a controversial teacher pay plan imposed by lawmakers last year. 

The measure requires school districts to offer raises to 25 percent of their top performing teachers. In exchange, those teachers would surrender their tenure rights.

Two Superior Court judges have already ruled that the provision is likely unconstitutional.

McCrory's budget language would go further. School districts would have the option of whether to offer the pay-for-tenure deals or wait until state courts and state lawmakers have revised the provisions. 

"The governor has said all along there were some issues implementing this," said McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis.

McCrory and the leaders of the House and Senate are Republicans; however, they don't see eye-to-eye on all issues. The teacher pay plan has been one of the signature policy issues put forward by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

Senate Republicans are scheduled to hold a news conference rolling out their own changes to education at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Over the past several weeks, top Senate Republicans have stood behind the deal that McCrory now wants to make optional. 

"This is a product of listening to superintendents," Ellis said of the governor's proposal.

The little-noticed provision changes only a few words, converting the word "shall" to "may" in four different places in the current state law. 

While the governor gets to propose a budget, Senate and House leaders will write their own versions of a plan before reconciling the three drafts. The Senate is due to publish its full budget plan Wednesday afternoon or evening.


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  • Patricia Coldren May 28, 2014
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    Teachers don't get paid during the summer...they go to trainings, work in their classrooms, plan for next year for free! Get a life!

  • Terry Watts May 28, 2014
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    They don't get paid to sit at home. The have the option of having their yearly salary spread over 12 months or 10months... Though I would be very happy if we went to a year-round calendar state-wide...

  • Jackson Smith May 28, 2014
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    So what they earned, Tenure, must be given up to get a raise. My gosh Pat you must be talking to your Lt Gov to get these ideas. The elections can't come soon enough. The NC administration and the General Assembly hopefully will look very different next session. Pat, enjoy these 4 years because you will be going back to Duke Power after this. I am sure they will hire you with all you have done for them.