teacher pay

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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
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    Average Teacher Salary Increases in North Carolina

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released its annual “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget” on May 18. Among other things, the report includes information about teacher compensation, capital outlay, and trends in education spending. JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops examined the report and published a research…
    Brenee Goforth, May 19, 2020
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    Kirk deViere fundraising email fact check

    In his latest fundraising email, State Sen. Kirk deViere claims that “our teachers have gone years without a meaningful pay raise.”                         While we can dispute the meaning of the word “meaningful,” I would say that the…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2020
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    Winston-Salem Journal publishes school employee salaries

    How much do school employees with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools earn?  The Winston-Salem Journal posted the data for the last four school years.  Benefits are not included. The highest-paid teacher was an AIG (gifted) lead teacher who made $84,489. Here is a list of the highest-paid employees:  $ 209,749.80 SIMINGTON, KENNETH…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2020
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    WRAL’s poll could put WRAL’s fact-checking partner to work

    If there is one political issue that's defined North Carolina politics for nearly a year now, it's Gov. Roy Cooper's decision to veto the state budget. Cooper frames the budget debate as "a choice between further cuts in corporate taxes or investments in our teachers." PolitiFact's done nothing with Cooper's depiction. WRAL doubled down with a poll supporting it.
    Jon Sanders, February 24, 2020