Cooper signs teacher pay, criminal justice reform bills
Teacher pay bill, First Step Act, NC Promise tuition funding signed into law.Posted — Updated
Senate Bill 818 funds annual step increases for public school teachers and gives them each a $350 bonus. Cooper said in a statement that he signed the bill because it "funds step increases for teachers that have already been promised" but added that it still "falls outrageously short."
The bill doesn't guarantee any increases for non-certified school workers, including bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers.
"The legislature must make educator pay a top priority when they come back in September," Cooper said in a statement announcing the bill signing.
The governor also signed seven other bills into law Friday, according to his office:
- Senate Bill 811: Connect NC Park Facilities Operating Reserves
- Senate Bill 812: Agricultural Sciences Center Funds
- Senate Bill 814: NC Promise Tuition Plan Funds
- House Bill 679: Rules of Civil Procedure/ E-Filing and Service
- House Bill 1218: Salary Related Contribution/Debt Service Funds
- House Bill 307: Mod. Utility Vehicle Classification
- Senate Bill 719: Retirement Tech./Protect/ & Other Changes
The NC Promise bill lays out funding to cover costs at Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Western Carolina University, which offer $500-per-semester tuition plans for state residents.
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