teacher pay

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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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    Budgets: Contrasting Cooper’s and the General Assembly’s Proposals

    Both the General Assembly and Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper have shared their budget priorities this week. They both tackle the same issues, but with very different methods. For instance, on the issue of education, Cooper wants to cut the Opportunity Scholarship program and give teachers a bonus, while the General…
    Brenee Goforth, September 3, 2020
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    Cooper’s Budget: Late and Underbaked

    Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget proposal on Wednesday, August 26. Not only was his budget proposal abbreviated, but it wasn’t even on time. JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops writes: We teach our children to submit their work complete and on time. Yesterday, Gov. Cooper released what he called a “streamlined…
    Brenee Goforth, August 28, 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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    Preliminary analysis: NC average teacher salary adjusted for COL is 26th in the nation

    My initial calculations indicate that North Carolina’s average teacher salary, when adjusted for cost of living (COL), ranks 26th in the nation.  I explained the methodology used to adjust for cost of living differences in a research brief published last year. The unadjusted ranking is 30th in the…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 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