Current salary steps are on average 17% behind the purchasing power previously offered by our state. There was no teacher shortage at that time.
In fact, when I moved to NC in 2007 it took me over 6 months to find a teaching job in NC despite applying across 5 districts, 2 years of teaching experience, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, and 2 Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science.
If our state leaders are sincere about supporting students and offering a high quality education, then they must prioritize restoring the salary power that retains experienced teachers and rebuilds our teacher pipeline.
NCGA leaders Rep. Tim Moore & Sen. Phil Berger have scoffed at the Governor’s proposal as unrealistic, yet fails to acknowledge the reality that NC used to offer even better. In order to compete for a strong teacher pipeline, NCGA leaders must offer a salary schedule that demonstrates an interest in competing for talent.
You can copy image below and share with House Education Appropriation Committee Members found here: https://ncleg.gov/Committees/CommitteeInfo/HouseStanding/7
and with Senate Education Appropriation Committee Members found here: https://ncleg.gov/Committees/CommitteeInfo/SenateStanding/141
I’ll update this image after each proposal is revealed.
Leave a Reply