teacher compensation (page 4)

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    ‘How to Lie With Statistics’: Teachers Union Edition

    Allysia Finley of the Wall Street Journal notes how teacher unions disseminate and distort education finance statistics for political gain.  North Carolina gets a mention! The NEA encourages its affiliate unions to use its annual state rankings “to advocate for higher pay for teachers…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2018
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    Adjusted teacher pay rank is 29th in the nation

    Earlier today, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual Rankings and Estimates report.  According to the report, North Carolina’s average teacher salary for 2018 ranked 39th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. But the NEA ranking does not adjust for cost of living.  When C2ER…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2018
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    NEA: NC 37th for teacher pay, 39th for per-pupil spending

    WRAL’s  Kelly Hinchcliffe reports, North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation for average teacher pay, according to estimates released Monday by the National Education Association. The ranking is an estimate and can be revised later based on updated data. Last year, NEA estimated that North Carolina was…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2018
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    Costly Pension Plans Are Fanning the Flames of Teacher Unrest

    In an article published in Education Week, Daarel Burnette and Madeline Will point out that the rising cost of pension obligations is consuming dollars that would otherwise be spent on teacher salaries and other education expenses.  They write, Across the nation, states’ pension obligations for public employees are accelerating,…
    Terry Stoops, April 20, 2018
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    Is National Board Certification worth the investment?

    In a January 18 press release, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) proudly declared that NC Ranks 1st in National Board Certified Teachers. According to the release, nearly 21,500 teachers in North Carolina, 21.6 percent of the teacher workforce, have attained certification through the National Board for Professional…
    Terry Stoops, February 15, 2018
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    Efficacy of housing for teachers questioned

    Last year, Durham County Schools announced that they planned to build an apartment complex with “below-market rents” for teachers. Durham school officials believe that the apartments will help the district recruit and retain teachers.  Unfortunately, we have only anecdotal evidence that it does. Liana Loewus of Education Week writes, A…
    Terry Stoops, February 1, 2018
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    Teacher compensation average is over $64,500

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released their state allotment information for the 2017-18 school year.  The spreadsheets they provide are chock-full of data. Teacher compensation breaks down like this: $47,034 – salary (based on the 6th pay period of the 2016-17 school year)…
    Terry Stoops, July 11, 2017
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    Average teacher pay nearly $48,000 a year

    From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016 Over the last three years, average teacher pay has increased by nearly $3,000 – from $44,990 in 2014 to $47,931 in 2016 – but be mindful of the limitations of this statistic.
    Terry Stoops, March 14, 2016