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Rep. Thom Tillis
Speaker of the House

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 26, 2014

NC House Unanimously Acts to Keep Education Promises, Provide 5% Pay Raise to Teachers

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously today for an average five percent pay raise for teachers and to protect classroom resources for the 2014-2015 school year.

The plan was first announced on Wednesday in a joint press conference alongside Governor Pat McCrory, superintendents, teachers and parent groups.

The bill, which will allow schools to plan budgets and will give educators job security for the next school year, includes many House education priorities from the budget passed earlier in June including:

-An average five percent teacher raise – without forcing teachers to opt out of tenure to get the raise
-Funding for K-3 Teacher Assistants statewide
-Full funding the Governor’s Career Pathways pilot program to provide differentiated pay to teachers demonstrating effectiveness or assuming additional responsibilities
-Providing $18.7 million to reinstate Master’s pay and reimbursement for advanced degrees in field of study
-Allotting $5.9 million to offer veterans and dependents in-state tuition rates via the Yellow Ribbon matching fund program at UNC and Community Colleges beginning Fall 2014

The bill also includes boosting starting teacher pay by 14 percent over the next two years to $35,000, bringing North Carolina’s starting teacher pay to among the top in the Southeast.

“We have been listening to educators and parents across the state and this plan focuses on fulfilling the promises we made to our state’s teachers, parents and students,” said House Speaker Thom Tillis (R–Mecklenburg). “We need to move quickly so that schools can plan their budgets and educators will know that their jobs are safe when school starts in a few short weeks.”

Teacher pay raises and education support are the bill’s priorities.  Other key provisions include a $1000 raise for state employees, a salary increase of between five and six percent for step-eligible Highway Patrol Troopers and long-term coal ash management and clean-up funding of $1.8 million.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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Discussion - 2 Comments
  1. Brian Yarbrough

    Jun 28, 2014  at 12:56 pm

    You said an average of 5%. I think what was released was that new teachers would be higher than 5%. Well previous plans mentiined ignored those of us who had been in the schools 20+ years and the raises were for those who were not as close to retirement. I have worked with the schools for 24 years and this is my second long pay freeze. I have not had a raise in 12 of those 24 years. What about those of us who have been dedicated to the students and have proven our worth? I think there is a prevailing idea that we are so close to retirement that we won’t leave. We are leaving in large numbers. The new people you are trying to recruit are losing experienced mentors and see those with retirement looming are being forgotten. This tells them they will be forgotten when they get further in their career and will leave before it gets to that point.

    Please do not ignore those of us who have shown dedication through pay freezes over half our careers. There is no way our retirement funds will ever recover from being treated this way for so long but it would be nice to have some help here at the end. Can you name a private industry that would not provide raises for their employees for half their careers and plan to stay competitive?

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    • Mark Coggins

      Jul 07, 2014  at 12:56 pm

      Brian,

      Thanks for your comment and I apologize for the late response.

      We realize that having an attractive starting salary for teachers is vital to keeping and attracting the best and brightest to teach in North Carolina Schools.

      I also value those educators who have committed their career to teaching and investing in the lives of others. Their success is so important to the success of our children. In the current plan, veteran teachers will receive a raise. We are committed to giving all teachers a raise this session.

      I’ll be sure to post more on the website with any future developments on pay raises or the budget. Again, thanks and keep up the good work. I greatly appreciate your service to the state.

      Sincerely,

      David

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