The $21.3 billion budget would mean that each teacher would see an average a raise of about $3,500 per year. The plan also includes provisions to boost early-career teacher pay by 14 percent over the next two years to $35,000.
It will be the largest teacher pay raise in North Carolina history, it would also move North Carolina from 46th to 32nd in national teacher pay rankings.
The new budget plan also keeps all teacher assistant positions in place (assistants were always threatened to be cut in past years).
The average salary for teachers in North Carolina has consistently been near the bottom nationwide, state leaders have always acknowledged that it’s hard to recruit and keep quality teachers.
More details can be read on Raleigh’s News and Observer article here
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