teacher compensation

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    Naturally, teachers are upset about bonus

    State revenue is an estimated $4 billion short, but public school teachers don’t care. Over a million North Carolinians applied for unemployment benefits, and many private and nonprofit employers have cut employee hours and eliminated positions.  Nevertheless, public school teachers are spending their summer months complaining about their pay on…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2020
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    Teachers threaten strike and protests over plan to award raise, bonuses

    Senate Bill 818 includes an experienced-based “step” salary increase and a $350 bonus.               Just a reminder of pay increases approved by lawmakers:…
    Terry Stoops, June 11, 2020
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    Predictably, NCAE complains about bonus proposal

    The North Carolina Association of Educators issues a press release in response to Senate Bill 818, which would grant teachers an experienced-based “step” increase and a $350 bonus.  If Governor Cooper agrees to use $95 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) funding for teachers, they would receive an…
    Terry Stoops, June 11, 2020
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    Kirk deViere fundraising email fact check

    In his latest fundraising email, State Sen. Kirk deViere claims that “our teachers have gone years without a meaningful pay raise.”                         While we can dispute the meaning of the word “meaningful,” I would say that the…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2020
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    Winston-Salem Journal publishes school employee salaries

    How much do school employees with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools earn?  The Winston-Salem Journal posted the data for the last four school years.  Benefits are not included. The highest-paid teacher was an AIG (gifted) lead teacher who made $84,489. Here is a list of the highest-paid employees:  $ 209,749.80 SIMINGTON, KENNETH…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2020
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    WTVD dunks on the N.C. Association of Educators

    This teacher pay story is solid gold.  From WTVD reporter Julie Wilson: Back to May of 2019, that massive rally left no room on the stage for Republicans to speak, despite a request from the State Treasurer made in advance with hopes of explaining benefits. “Many folks asked us to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
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    Cooper vetoes raises for public school teachers and staff

    Republican elected officials and campaign staff must be ecstatic right now.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have granted raises to public school teachers and staff. The ads will write themselves.    …
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2019
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    NCTQ: Master’s degrees for teachers are “ineffective and expensive”

    Kency Nittler of the National Council on Teacher Quality takes a look at compensation for master’s degrees in the 124 largest school districts in the nation.  She finds, Of the ten districts that do not offer additional pay, five are in North Carolina (a state that prohibits the practice),…
    Terry Stoops, September 26, 2019