If you don’t believe the average N.C. teacher makes 54K per year …

… then you don’t believe the union that helped organize the rally at which you are holding this sign.

Per the News & Observer of March 12:

North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimated ranking of 29th in the nation in average teacher pay, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Education Association.

The new NEA salary report estimates that North Carolina’s average teacher pay is $53,975, up from $51,231 last school year. The NEA projects that North Carolina jumped five spots from its final 2017-18 ranking of 34th in the nation.

The new NEA rankings continue a trend where state pay raises over the past several years have sharply increased both North Carolina’s average salary and national ranking. North Carolina had fallen to 47th in the rankings in 2013 after the recession.

No right-wingers made that up, though my colleague Terry Stoops has explained why an apples-to-apples comparison would boost this state’s teacher pay ranking to No. 20.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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