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Some teachers surprised they won't get raise

Posted August 11, 2009
Updated August 12, 2009

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— Although it is still unclear how many teaching positions could be cut because of the state's long-awaited budget, educators are just now learning that their salary for the upcoming school year will be the same as last year.

The state has shifted salary schedules for all public-school employees, meaning their salaries are frozen and bonuses are cut.

Educators have known that the state's reduced spending plan could mean job cuts, but Sheri Strickland, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, said Tuesday that many were surprised to find out about their salaries.

"We still want to recruit and retain the best people to teach the children in North Carolina," she said. "Not being able to keep up with the national average for teacher salaries makes that more difficult."

Although disappointed, Strickland said most school employees understand the economic reality of a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.

"Given the place we started at the beginning of the General Assembly session, we ended up in a much better place than we potentially could have," Strickland said.

Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday that salaries remain frozen for all state workers.

"There's no way you can have a conversation about pay raises, although any state employee, teacher and educator I know deserves it," Perdue said.

"With that, the good comes (that) we saved thousands of jobs from being cut," she continued.

The number of teacher cuts statewide is still unclear, because those decisions will be made locally.

Perdue has asked for each district to provide her with a financial report so she can make sure federal stimulus money is being used to maintain teachers and keep class sizes from growing.

"I find it hard to believe that teachers won't have more students and more work for less money than they thought they'd have," said Parry Graham, principal at Lufkin Middle School in Apex. "They will rise to the challenge, but that's going to be tough.

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  • donnied1952 Aug 13, 2009

    Want a raise ....!!!! BUY a forklift.....that's what I did.....:))))))))

  • prn13norm Aug 13, 2009

    You can thank the Liberal Democrats that controlled Congress and drove the economy into the ground in order to win the election. You can also blame the support groups that always support the Liberal Democrats each election. NEA, NCAE, NAACP, ACLU,ACORN, TEAMSTERS, AARP, AMA to name just a few.

  • Professor Aug 13, 2009

    No teacher should receive a raise until the economy is really back on track. Just do your job and the reward will come. There is a God.

  • Professor Aug 13, 2009

    I think common sense tells you that when people are getting laid off left and right that you should just be happy to be employed.SANDHILL

    You are absolutely right on the button. Be thankful to all of you that have a job. Stop the complaining. As for myself, I just wish I had a job right now. Unfortunately, I have been laid off and have been seriously looking for work. I am hoping someone will give me a chance.

  • SANDHILL Aug 13, 2009

    I am a teacher and I am surprised that we aren't getting a bigger pay cut. I didn't expect a raise this year. I think common sense tells you that when people are getting laid off left and right that you should just be happy to be employed. I think WRAL was having a slow news day when they wrote this article.
    eluffman30

    At least one teacher has the good sense to grasp the situation. I am sorry she could not get the raise she apparently deserves.

  • cameragirl Aug 13, 2009

    I can't believe that it is a shock to teachers that they will not be given a pay raise. What rock did they climb out from under? NO STATE EMPLOYEE IS GETTING A RAISE except the woman from DHHS that had to step down from the new Butner Mental Health Facility. She just got a $3,000 per year raise. I guess it is who you know and not how hard and efficiently that you work.

    Teachers need to wake up and realize that they are lucky to have a job. Have they not seen the unemployment figures? We need teachers who read the paper and listen to the news not the ones that think that it is their right to have a raise when others are losing their job. If they don't like it here in NC then move to another state. The salaries might look better but what is the cost of living there? You got to think about that too when looking at the national average.

  • GWALLY Aug 13, 2009

    and again I say...."You want something that REALLY works...??? Stay here, take them out of the substandard government school and home school or private school them....then and ONLY then are YOU providing the BEST education for YOUR child!!!!!....and you say you REALLY REALLY want the government to run health care..????????????????????"

  • AARRGGH Aug 13, 2009

    Teachers that shave a job should be thankful they have one. I was lied too by my principal all summer and just found out two weeks I don't have a job!!!! I will say it loud and proud WILSON county schools are the pits. Its leaders are pitiful. Principal found making out with a teaher in the auditorium gets promotion to central office, my test scores jumped 21% this year and I get a letter saying my contract would not be renewed!!

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 13, 2009

    I didn’t get a raise last year, and I probably won’t get one this year either.

  • beachbum1 Aug 13, 2009

    Oh yeah I agree you should be thankful someone will take these underpaying jobs to teach. (a lot of kids are in school because they HAVE TO so they can get their money every month, at least that's what was told to my son from several of these kids that are bussed in) again thank God it was only 1 year!

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