teacher compensation

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    Teacher complains about taxes withheld from bonus

    Ok, she claims that she’s not “complaining” but “speaking on real life happenings.” It’s amusing that teachers are “speaking on real life happenings” about the taxes withheld from their bonus.  Republican lawmakers have done everything in their power to reduce educators’ tax burden, much to the dismay of Democrats, the…
    Terry Stoops, November 2, 2020
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    Clickbait website WalletHub: NC is 16th best state for teachers

    Today, WalletHub published its 2020 Best & Worst States for Teachers ranking. North Carolina ranked 16th overall and third in the Southeast behind Virginia (7th) and Maryland (8th). In 2014, North Carolina ranked dead last.  Last year, the state ranked 28th in the nation.
    Terry Stoops, September 21, 2020
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    Public school teacher benefit package is worth $20,700+

    Teacher salaries get the headlines, but teacher benefits get the dollars. Here is a breakdown of the benefits paid on behalf of every full-time district school teacher in the state for the 2020-21 school year: Social Security $3,761 Retirement $10,659 Heath Insurance $6,326…
    Terry Stoops, August 25, 2020
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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