Office of the Speaker
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.