teacher pay (page 9)

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    NCGA budget would put adjusted teacher pay 28th in nation

    Earlier this week, state budget writers announced that public school teachers would receive an average pay increase of 4.7 percent, which would boost average teacher pay to an estimated $50,186 per year. If that salary estimate were applied to the most recent National Education Association (NEA) rankings of…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2016
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    Teacher pay: Cost of living matters

    It is easy to look at average teacher salaries in other districts/states and conclude that teachers who receive a higher salary always live a comfortable life. But I recently discovered an article published in the The Mercury News shows how public school teachers in California’s Bay Area are priced…
    Terry Stoops, May 4, 2016
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    Republicans raised salaries; NCAE didn’t

    NC Association of Educators (NCAE) leaders continue to complain that the 10.3 percent average salary increase awarded to teachers by Republican legislators and Governor McCrory since 2013 is insufficient and even insulting. Yet, the North Carolina Staff Organization, which represent the NCAE’s unionized workforce, claims that NCAE staff…
    Terry Stoops, May 2, 2016
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    C’mon, Elon Poll people

    The latest Elon University Poll asked 621 North Carolina residents the following question: In general, do you think teachers in North Carolina K through 12 public schools are paid too much, too little, or about right. Predictably, 85 percent of the respondents said that teachers are paid “too little.”…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2016
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    Will activist teachers refuse pay raise?

    Members of Organize 2020, the radical wing of the NC Association of Educators, and their supporters appear ready to refuse any pay boost this year. In fact, I think that any pay increase approved by the NC General Assembly should include an opt-out provision for teachers who believe that…
    Terry Stoops, April 7, 2016
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    No reason to celebrate Wake County raises

    Over the last few weeks, the NC Association of Educators, the Wake Education Partnership, and other public school advocacy organizations have praised Wake County commissioners and school board members for increasing the local salary supplements for teachers, staff, and administrators this year.  The mainstream media interviewed teachers who could not…
    Terry Stoops, October 30, 2015
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    If a $750 bonus is an “insult,” then please insult me

    Apparently, Rep. Tricia Cotham thinks that the one-time $750 bonus granted to teachers in this year’s state budget is an “insult.” How many North Carolinians – including those in the private and nonprofit sectors who Rep. Cotham purports to represent – would welcome such an “insulting” gesture?  How many of…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2015
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    Some veteran teachers will receive a huge raise

    The media has done a good job of convincing the public that the 2015-17 state budget ignores veteran teachers.  Apparently, some teachers in Wake County believe that veteran teachers, however that is defined, will not receive the one-time $750 bonus included in the budget.  (They will.) While much of the…
    Terry Stoops, September 17, 2015