teacher compensation (page 5)

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    Politicization of Mooresville teacher’s departure

    The Mooresville Tribune reports that Mooresville Graded School District’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year is leaving the profession for a private sector job. Mooresville Middle School social studies teacher Allen Stevens will leave immediately for a position at WGB Group in Mooresville. But his departure is not indicative of the…
    Terry Stoops, February 29, 2016
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    Did Wake County screw up educator bonuses?

    The NC General Assembly approved a budget that provides $750 bonuses to eligible public school teachers and staff. Bonuses were awarded to Wake County Schools staff this month, but I have been told that the $750 payment was simply added to employees’ regular paycheck. This may violate guidelines (pdf)…
    Terry Stoops, December 17, 2015
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    Left and Right agree on need for market-based teacher pay

    In yesterday’s Charlotte Observer story, “Group of NC treasurer employees receives raises averaging $49,000,” my colleague Mitch Kokai pointed out, “When there is a market for a certain type of employee, it probably makes sense for a government to use market-based pay.”  That is what I would have expected…
    Terry Stoops, December 14, 2015
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    Merit pay good for universities AND public schools

    In the video below, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Chancellor Frank Gilliam asks legislators to fund merit-based raises for outstanding university faculty. Gilliam’s arguments apply equally well to K-12 schools.  We should reward our best public school teachers so that they remain in North Carolina classrooms.
    Terry Stoops, December 1, 2015
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    Who awarded the largest teacher salary supplement last year?

    The answer is Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools! Most school districts use local dollars to provide salary supplements to teachers, administrators, and staff.  These supplements are added to the base salary amount indicated on the state’s teacher salary schedule. District Name Number of Teacher Positions Teachers Receiving Supplements Average Supplement per…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2015
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    Education funding and teacher pay graphs (courtesy of DPI)

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released their Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2015 document this weekend.  There are two interesting graphs in the piece. One shows that state appropriations for K-12 schools increased each year since 2011.  Another reveals that average teacher compensation increased…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2015
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    Cabarrus on “50 School Districts with Highest Average Teacher Salaries” list

    Obscure website www.topmastersineducation.com has a list of the “50 School Districts with Highest Average Teacher Salaries.”  I really do not care for rankings like these, but if the Wallethub.com ranking is any indication, it appears that some North Carolinians love to talk about education rankings published on obscure…
    Terry Stoops, October 9, 2014
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    FRD confirms: Teachers received an average pay increase of 7 percent

    The N.C. General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division (FRD) recently revised their history of teacher and state employee salary increases through 2015.  Below is the relevant information from that publication, but keep in mind that this only includes state-mandated raises.  Individual districts may provide an additional supplement or bonus at…
    Terry Stoops, October 9, 2014