teacher pay (page 4)

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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
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    Teacher Pay: How Much?

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) calculates teacher pay averages by February of each year.  Because NC DPI has not produced the official figure for the current school year, we use a salary estimate produced by analysts at the N.C. General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.  The Social…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
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    Teacher Pay: Scope and Method

    Last year, North Carolina public schools employed over 100,000 full-time teachers.  As a point of comparison, the largest single employer in the state, the University of North Carolina system, has just over 74,000 employees. The most common methods for raising teacher pay are embedding experience-based increases in the state salary…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2018
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    PolitiFact sets the record straight on teacher pay (kinda)

    Read: NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading Unfortunately, the article does not say a word about increases in total compensation.  After all, employee benefits were a $2.8 billion expenditure in 2017 and have increased susbstantially since the Great Recession.  Moreover, there is…
    Terry Stoops, October 23, 2018
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    Why public school employee benefits matter

    The left-wing media establishment is busy focusing on teacher pay, but they should spend some time talking about teacher benefits. Salaries were a $5.9 billion state expenditure last year.  The latest expenditure reports published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction shows that $2.2 billion (25.6 percent of…
    Terry Stoops, September 28, 2018
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    More WalletHub nonsense

    WTVD reports that “WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachers.”  As usual, North Carolina does not rank in the bottom five of any variable used to rank the “teacher-friendliness” of states (perhaps with the exception of teacher union strength), but it magically appears…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018