NCAE: McCrory pay plan omits hundreds of teachers

Posted May 22, 2014

— About 1,500 veteran teachers wouldn't see any pay raise under a plan Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed in his 2014-15 budget, the North Carolina Association of Educators said Thursday.

McCrory last week called for raising salaries for teachers in their first seven years by 7.1 percent, to $33,000. That would be a first step toward getting starting salaries for all teacher to $35,000.

His budget plan also gives a raise to other teachers by funding a step increase. Teachers moving to steps eight through 12 on the salary scale would receive a raise that amounts to 2.8 percent to 4.3 percent. Teachers moving to steps 13 through 36 would receive a 2 percent raise on average.

NCAE officials said they discovered Wednesday that teachers with 37 years or more in the classroom would get no raise under the proposal because they have topped out on the salary scale.

"This is a slap in the face to those educators who have given most of their lives to the children of this state," NCAE President Rodney Ellis said in a statement. "For them to get absolutely nothing – not even the $1,000 bonus given to the highest-paid state employees – is a very plain signal that Gov. McCrory puts the most experienced teachers at the bottom of his priority list."

Eric Guckian, McCrory’s senior adviser on education, said that the budget plan "simply funds the current salary schedule in its current form" and said that experienced teachers would be eligible to earn more under the Career Pathways for Teachers program that McCrory recently proposed.

Career Pathways is a local-based model that would reward teachers for both experience and student performance and give school districts the flexibility to provide higher pay to get teachers into low-income and rural schools and to recruit hard-to-find science and math teachers.

"We value our veteran educators and the experience and wisdom that they bring to the students they teach. We're committed to ensuring that all teachers will have the opportunity to earn significantly more for the important work they do for our students," Guckian said in an email.

Left-leaning Progress North Carolina said Career Pathways isn't a viable option, noting that the program's pay scale tops out below what teachers with 37-plus years of experience already earn.

McCrory's office said 98.6 percent of public school teachers statewide would get raises averaging 3.26 percent under the governor's budget.

“We ask the Senate to correct the governor's error and give the most experienced teachers, instructional personnel and administrators a raise along with all other teachers," Ellis said. "Most important, we ask the Senate to go beyond the governor’s proposal and give all teachers a meaningful raise that makes up for having no raises in five of the last six years."


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  • Doug Pawlak May 27, 2014
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    I'm puzzled by this also. It's like they ignore their own party and actually twist the logic in their own mind. Amazing that he advocates pushing "people into retirement" over giving actual meaningful raises.

  • Doug Pawlak May 27, 2014
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    ZWAMUS-"So those who teach and were not smart enough to realize teaching is a lower paying part time job got what they aimed for. "

    So that makes it right? Teachers should never again expect any sort of raise...because they knew what they were getting into? You're completely wrong by the way. Teachers never expected to get rich but they did expect the state government to keep its word. Breaking contracts with teachers for pay scales, benefits, and "merit pay" was done AFTER they were hired, not before.

    "They do get excessive time off compared to full time year round jobs"

    Which they're not paid for.

    "are compensated fairly for a job"

    You just said that they chose a "lower paying" job. Now you say they're paid fairly. Which is it?

    " with zero results accountability."

    Complete nonsense. What do you think the state EOG tests are?

  • Terry Watts May 27, 2014
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    Why do you support the people that demean you everyday?

  • Terry Watts May 27, 2014
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    So what was all that outrage from the GOP Led GA about her reinstating a 1% tax to fund teacher salaries all about??? Either you are willfully ignorant of the fact, or you just admitted the GOP manufactures "crisis" in order to rouse their low-information voters...

  • zwamus May 25, 2014

    When my daughters were talking about careers they were advised " If you shoot for the bottom, you will get the bottom" , this advise was for pay and quality of life. So those who teach and were not smart enough to realize teaching is a lower paying part time job got what they aimed for. They do get excessive time off compared to full time year round jobs and are compensated fairly for a job with zero results accountability.

  • Larry Lynch May 25, 2014
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    north Carolina is not the least bit interested in 1-educational raises to the minimum level 2- any raises for all the other public servants [ state employees]. is that not balantently obvious by now? the democrats have lied to you -the citizen and so have the republicans. gov mc is just as bad-- well maybe just maybe not quite as bad as ex gov perdue-- who DID NOTHING EXCEPT SMILE AND BE INCOMPETANT. i'd say a 3rd party needs to exist and grow in our state due to extreme gross mismanagement by -- BOTH PARTIES.

  • Michael Miller May 23, 2014
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    So you agree with me? Thanks!

  • Guy Percy May 23, 2014
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    It's time to force some of these folks into retirement. That'd help a whole bunch. It doesn't matter what McCrory does he will NEVER please these teachers. BTW, I have been a public school teacher for 18 years.

  • Objective Scientist May 23, 2014

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    Assuming what you state from your research is correct... you've made some great points. However, in this case we are talking about teachers in each of 50 states. NC pay for its teachers... only 4 states pay less out of 50, all others pay their teachers more. Do we - North Carolinians - want to be 46th of 50? When 45 - 90% - of all other states in your country pay more... and other benefits and forms of compensation, and job security, and higher pay for higher level qualifications, and experience is not rewarded, and you are accorded little to no respect for a job that is critical in a democratic society... where do you think teachers will go? Over time NC will end up the the least qualified and least experiences and least committed teachers. Is THAT what you, we, all North Carolinians want! It is not what this one North Carolinian want!

  • swfsm May 23, 2014

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    While I agree that NC teachers should receive some pay increase, the hyperbole from teachers isn’t winning me over.
    Is the $44,259 based on only 4 yrs experience & 10 mth positions rather than 12 mth positions?
    I struggle w/ comparing teaching to average of other professions. Many other professions are 12 mth positions, otherwise considered PT with less pay & benefits, and yes like teaching other professions require long hours & continuing education on one’s own time. Other professions are paid on performance, not yrs of service, and not tenured. Not all majors are alike and there seems to be correlation between ease/hardness of major & post college pay. No offense, but Education is on the 10 easiest majors list, so should it be comparable pay to “average” for all majors? Median salaries for other professions w/ degrees on 10 easiest majors list (Arts, Religion, Liberal Studies for example) are comparable to median NC teacher sal