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CARY, NC (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says her budget proposal for next year will contain an experience-based pay increase for North Carolina public school teachers last given to educators in 2008.

Perdue said Thursday at the North Carolina Teacher of the Year luncheon in Cary a pay increase would signal North Carolina citizens value the work of educators. The governor said last month she would have a pay increase in her budget but didn’t give details.

A so-called “step increase” for school personnel would cost tens of millions of dollars and likely equate to a 1.8 percent average raise for teachers.

Republican leaders at the Legislature would have to go along with the raise idea. They return to Raleigh in two weeks.

Perdue said her budget would likely be released late next week.

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