teacher pay

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    Want to improve teaching in our schools?

    That’s an important question because teacher quality is a key ingredient of student achievement. A more important question is: How? The conventional response is to raise teacher pay. Unfortunately, teacher pay in North Carolina and most everywhere else is tied to seniority or collective bargaining contracts — not to the…
    Bob Luebke, September 23, 2021
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    How Did Gov. Cooper’s 2019 Veto of HB 966 Impact Base Teacher Pay?

    Background Republicans lost their veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly in 2018. As a result, a gubernatorial veto had consequences. The Cooper administration sought to leverage its newfound power to try to strongarm Republicans into expanding Medicaid and raising public school employee pay significantly. In 2019, Gov. Cooper proposed a…
    Terry Stoops, August 25, 2021
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    Just So You Know, Here’s How Much N.C. Teachers Are Paid

    Locke’s Bob Luebke takes a deep dive into the facts about teacher compensation in North Carolina according to NEA salary rankings. To review: Overall, North Carolina teacher pay has improved despite periods of no or moderate pay increases North Carolina ranks 34th nationally and 2nd in the Southeast in…
    Donna Martinez, June 8, 2021
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    Teacher Union Poll Shows Solid Support for Private School Vouchers

    I finally reviewed the recent poll commissioned by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).  A progressive firm called brilliant corners Research & Strategies surveyed 804 North Carolinians in early April.             This doesn’t mean that the poll is flawless.  For…
    Terry Stoops, May 14, 2021
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    Teacher pay — let’s not forget the other part of the equation.

    That annual treasure trove of data from North Carolina public schools,  Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget, 2021 was recently released.  Highlights  as the document is frequently called, is often cited for its data on teacher salaries. My colleague Terry Stoops posted on insightful article regarding…
    Bob Luebke, April 8, 2021
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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