teacher pay

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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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    Teacher pay: 37th or 29th?

    Today, I received this email:                           Here is the current teacher pay ranking according to the News & Observer:    …
    Terry Stoops, April 8, 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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    Desperate NCAE fails to discredit average teacher salary figure

    In today’s News & Observer article, “Report says average NC teacher salary is nearly $54,000. But NCAE says that figure is ‘skewed,’” the leader of the N.C. Association of Educators questions an average teacher salary calculation that has used the same methodology for 17 years. But NCAE president Mark Jewell…
    Terry Stoops, March 7, 2019
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    N.C. average teacher salary makes big jump, reaches $53,975

    Hot off the presses from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction:                   The average jumped from $51,234 in 2017-18 to $53,975 in 2018-19.  That is a $2,741 or a 5.3 percent increase.
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 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