Two teacher pay plans?

Posted May 6, 2014
Updated May 7, 2014

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that he plans to roll out a "major education announcement" in Greensboro on Wednesday that will address long-term issues and focus on rewarding teachers for good work.

"After months of work, tomorrow we will announce a plan that rewards teachers, focuses on students and addresses the long term,” McCrory said in a statement.

The governor and legislative leaders announced in February a plan to commit about $200 million over the next two years to raise pay for starting teachers from $30,800 a year to $35,000.

The governor plans to join educators, state and local officials and business leaders at North Carolina A&T State University for the 10 a.m. announcement.

Four hours later, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will join Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, chief education budget writer in the Senate, in Raleigh to "unveil a new fund to supplement teacher pay in North Carolina public schools."

Watch McCrory and Forest's announcements live on WRAL.com at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Forest's announcement will follow a meeting of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, where legislation creating the fund will be rolled out.


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  • nobodyknow420 May 7, 2014

    I have so many friends who are teachers, and I tell them everyday they are crazy for staying in that profession. They are poor, and continue to live like college students for a good majority of their professional lives. But they love what they do, and Pat McCrory is using that against them. What an outrage.

  • Todd Singleton May 7, 2014
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    Well then clearly reducing pay will entice those who can do the job better to enter the profession. Isn't that cute. I'd question your logic, but there is none.

  • bissettsp2 May 7, 2014

    How about we cut the epa's budget they are out of control and waste more money than any other agency, or you can find it in the 7.9 billion we spend in education every year. We all know there is a huge amount of waste there. Every year I have to spend 200 dollars or more to provide classroom things. I.E. pencils crayon tissues etc. Why why why I pay taxes for this stuff. So lets audit education and im sure we can find the money in about 2 days. I will even volunteer to do the audit free of charge.

  • Todd Singleton May 7, 2014
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    Here comes your election cycle pandering pittance. Enjoy.

  • John Booker May 7, 2014
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    I'm not a teacher but, let me see if I understand this. If I started this year, my starting salary would be $30,800. Let's presume I get a 3% raise for the next two years, my salary would be ~$32,700.

    Then they plan to raise the starting salaries to $35,000 so someone fresh out of school would be making more than I was after working two years with "the company"? Unless they plan to raise the salaries of the existing employees, that's gonna ruffle some feathers - and rightfully so.

  • A person May 7, 2014

    They already get paid far beyond the results they produce

  • andreanicole686 May 7, 2014

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    lol Exactly why many teachers are leaving North Carolina. Not only do we have to fight to get a higher pay but then we can't even say anything against it because some how that is a horrible thing to do. The negative atmosphere and lack of respect for teachers and public education in North Carolina is appalling.

  • Jenna Moore May 7, 2014
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    Simple. They raise the pay for starting teachers. The new teachers. They do this by eliminating the experienced teachers, who make more. In fact, overall, it comes to a cut in the amount they pay out to teachers overall.

  • hiddentreasurescruecds May 7, 2014

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    Exactly. How dare anyone question the GOP Gods when they hand out crumbs?

  • archmaker May 7, 2014

    Two usual GOP plans: "take it" or "leave it."