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Governor’s Teacher Pay Plan Should Attract Broad Support

19:36 07 May in Press Release

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2014
Contact: Dallas Woodhouse:  919 671-1050

Governor’s Teacher Pay Plan Should Attract Broad Support

Will Protesters, Union Applaud Or Play Politics?

(Raleigh)   Dallas Woodhouse, President of Carolina Rising, called for unity during teacher appreciation week by calling on the self-professed supporters of public education to endorse Governor Pat McCrory’s bold plan to increase teacher pay and give all state workers a raise. .

“As North Carolina is rising from the Great Recession, with a rapidly falling unemployment rate Governor McCrory is able to offer teachers and all state employees a significant raise,“ said Woodhouse. “This is the second GOP lead teacher pay raise in three years, the last one enacted over the veto of Governor Bev Perdue. It would seem this should be a proposal that we can all come together on.”

“Will Reverend Barber and his Monday protesters congratulate Governor McCrory on his plan and endorse it? Will he inform his protesters of this significant development?”

“Will NCAE (union) President Rodney Ellis, endorse this plan or once again use teachers to play politics?”

“We believe that the polices of tax,  unemployment insurance, and regulatory reform are helping improve the job situation in North Carolina and are providing the resources for this important raise for teachers and all state workers.  We hope those who have been so critical will now be supportive of the real solutions that are being offered by the Governor,” said Woodhouse.

Governor Pat McCrory announced a sweeping array of education initiatives that will increase teacher pay, provide in-state tuition for newly separated veterans, increase funding for textbooks and establish salary supplements for teachers who obtain advanced degrees in a subject they are teaching.

In February, the Governor announced that he would work to increase the base pay for North Carolina teachers to $35,000.

In addition, the Governor announced:

  • He will increase funding for early childhood education by $3.6 million.
  • He will seek salary supplements for teachers who earn advanced degrees in the subjects they are teaching. The supplements will be 10 percent of the teacher’s base pay.
  • He will double state funding for textbooks to $46 million.
  • He will work to establish a scholarship fund for newly separated veterans that will essentially provide them in-state tuition at University of North Carolina institutions.
  • State employees will receive a raise of $1,000 including benefits, which is an average of 2 percent.

 

 

 

 

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