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Salary schedule released for public school employees

Posted August 7

Gov. Pat McCrory signs the 2014-15 state budget during an Aug. 7, 2014, ceremony at the Executive Mansion.

— The state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday released the 2014-15 salary schedule for public school employees, reflective of pay raises included in the state budget signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory earlier in the day.

Teacher pay raises will range from less than 1 percent to more than 18 percent, depending on how long a teacher has been in the classroom.

The budget also factors in a supplement for board-certified teachers and continues a pay bump for teachers with master's degrees and those who began work toward an advanced degree by Aug. 1, 2013.

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  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 13, 7:55 a.m.

    Guys it's all relative. If you make 50k a year and your neighbor makes 100k, you both have to live within your budgets. And you each have to decide what percentage of income to spend on each expense. Yes, other states spend much more. In many of these states, taxes are higher. In others, the population is less so there are fewer students. The state could cut spending no doubt. Problem with that is that for any single $ spent, there is one group saying it's the most wasteful dollar there is, and another group saying it's the most valuable. And don't forget while you're bashing the GOP or Dems, or whoever; WE the PEOPLE elected them! And again(!) I agree teachers should be paid more. But when is enough, enough? When we're #25 in per pupil spending? #1? #10 in teacher salary? What is the actual goal here? Just saying "more" isn't helpful. The state does have to balance its budget. That's in the Constitution also.

  • tracmister Aug 12, 6:10 p.m.

    I've posted this before but never received a valid response. And before you jump all over me,... View More

    — Posted by Garnerwolf1

    Nobody is going to jump on you. But I will answer your question with a question. How in the world do other states do it?

  • Plenty Coups Aug 12, 3:53 p.m.

    Sources - Google. The Legislative website. Civitas. John Locke. Whatever. NY spends more per... View More

    — Posted by Garnerwolf1

    But we're not throwing money at education. We're spending less than practically every other state. Historically, I don't know of a single state that ever kept/had a good education system by spending less than every other state. especially if they do it year after year as we've done lately.

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 12, 3:13 p.m.

    Sources - Google. The Legislative website. Civitas. John Locke. Whatever. NY spends more per student than any other state and their test results are mediocre at best. But yes, they typically have better results. As I said initially, teachers should be paid more. As should many other gov't, or gov't funded, employees. But throwing money at a problem is not always the solution. Note that the the income tax cut didn't take effect until this year so it'll be after 4/15/15 before they really know what impact it has on the state coffers. I suspect many middle class will see their bill go up.

  • Plenty Coups Aug 12, 3:03 p.m.

    Garnerwolf-"Stats, as well know, can say anything we want them to say."

    But you're the one who brought up education spending as a percentage of the budget.

  • Plenty Coups Aug 12, 2:50 p.m.

    Garnerwolf-"The number or percentage you come up with depends on the source."

    I don't know about other sources (where are they?) but it really doesn't matter. A percentage is a poor way of trying to argue that we spend too much on something without any context. It smacks me as a dishonest attempt to try and justify poor spending by making it look larger than it actually is.

    "In addition to State amounts, there are local funds"

    Yes, but the NC Constitution mandates that the primary responsibility rests w/ the state. The current govt. also imposed recent measures to hinder local property tax increases.

    "The highest taxed states spend the most on per pupil education."
    They also tend to get the best results as a general rule.

    "But tax increases, at some or all levels, would still be necessary"
    Or ending part or all of the multiple ill advised GOP tax cuts the past few years.

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 12, 1:39 p.m.

    "Primary responsibility"? OK. But not the only responsibility. The number or percentage you come up with depends on the source. In addition to State amounts, there are local funds. And Federal funds. And some local, and Federal, dollars are dependent on State dollars. It is difficult to get true picture. Stats, as well know, can say anything we want them to say. The highest taxed states spend the most on per pupil education. You can't spend what you don't have. Could our taxes be better spent? No doubt? But tax increases, at some or all levels, would still be necessary to get us where where many would like us to be.

  • Plenty Coups Aug 12, 12:23 p.m.

    I've posted this before but never received a valid response. And before you jump all over me,... View More

    — Posted by Garnerwolf1

    Percentages are meaningless when its the primary responsibility of the state to fund education. It's like me complaining to my family that I spend 50% of my income on overall bills even though everybody else does also and then claim "when is enough, enough?" Also, as a percentage of the budget, NC public school spending has decreased from 52.5% of the general fund back in 1969 to the present day 37.3%. Page 2(3):
    http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/resources/data/highlights/2013highlights.pdf

  • Plenty Coups Aug 12, 12:18 p.m.

    It doesn't look as if too many teachers were getting raises under the Democrats either. Below... View More

    — Posted by rjwrrw

    Are you kidding? I don't know how you can claim what you did with your link but to clarify the matter, the state has a history of NC teacher raises and for the 18 years prior to 2009-2010, teachers received a raise EVERY year under democrats, hitting or exceeding the national average twice. Could they have done more? Absolutely. But republicans have been horrible in contrast. Since 2011 (when they took over), they've attacked benefits and gave misleading raises (like this year) so that while they gave some type of "raise" 50% of their time in office, they've come attached with cuts so that we're currently still near the bottom of the nation in teacher pay. Page 15(16) has a history of teacher raises.: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/resources/data/highlights/2013highlights.pdf

    A teacher on the old salary schedule back in 2008 would most likely make more than one on a 2014 new republican schedule.

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 12, 10:29 a.m.

    Juliomercado: thanks for yoru response. "Funding each child" doesn't mean teacher raises. Nor does "equitable" mean "equal". Don't get me wrong, our society places value on the wrong things, but that's another discussion. Teachers deserve more money. As do police, firemen, etc. But that also costs money. Which comes from tax increases. Or maybe justif everyone pays their fair share... And I'm not just talking about IA's.

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