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    2019 Education Next Poll is out!

    Results from the 13th annual Education Next survey of public opinion have been released.   Here are the top ten findings: 1. Vouchers and tax credits. The percentage of American adults favoring vouchers that help low-income students cover the cost of private-school tuition has risen to 49% in 2019…
    Terry Stoops, August 20, 2019
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    The ‘Underpaid Teachers’ Myth

    Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs take on Economic Policy Institute claims that the nation’s public-school teachers were underpaid by a record 21.4 percent in 2018.  They write, To measure the teacher pay gap, EPI researchers compare teacher salaries with the salaries of people who have the same number of…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2019
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    N.C. is now 29th in the nation in average teacher pay

    I haven’t read the latest National Education Association (NEA) “Rankings and Estimates” study, but the Herald Sun reports, North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimate 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…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2019
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    Superintendent candidate claim: Walmart cashiers paid better than teachers

    In a Facebook post, Constance Lav Johnson, candidate for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, claims that “Walmart pays more and offers better benefits for cashiers.”                                       One person responded,…
    Terry Stoops, February 20, 2019
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    Guilford County Schools’ chief of staff’s teacher pay claim questioned

    Today, the U.S. House Education & Labor Committee held a hearing, “Underpaid Teachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America’s Students,” that included Dr. Sharon Contreras, the superintendent of Guilford County Schools (GCS). There was plenty of passionate debate during the committee meeting, but the…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019
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    Teacher Pay: Recent Progress

    Since 2014, the N.C. General Assembly has signaled a commitment to raising pay for public school teachers. Over the last five years, the average salary increases approved by the state legislature have produced a 19.3 percent increase in average pay.  Competitive starting pay has been their specific focus.  According to the…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
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    Teacher Pay: How Much?

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) calculates teacher pay averages by February of each year.  Because NC DPI has not produced the official figure for the current school year, we use a salary estimate produced by analysts at the N.C. General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.  The Social…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
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    Teacher Pay: Scope and Method

    Last year, North Carolina public schools employed over 100,000 full-time teachers.  As a point of comparison, the largest single employer in the state, the University of North Carolina system, has just over 74,000 employees. The most common methods for raising teacher pay are embedding experience-based increases in the state salary…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018