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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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  • John A. Difloure

    Why not performance based?

  • Shelly_1967

    This performance- based pay is a lot more difficult to figure than the regular public understands. I am a Master’s level, and National Boards teacher, but I am not in control of what students I get each year. In some years you can have a group of student who have regular attendance, care about their own education, DO THEIR WORk, etc. Teachers have to teach what they are given and if the child is in trouble a lot or not in class and then they can’t learn so they don’t do well in testing, why should the teacher have that full burden on them. I teach almost 200 students a day and out of that 200 because it is computers and an elective they don’t have to pass so do you think they study as much for my class as other classes, if the state doesn’t require them to pass it either. There are other factors too like how a parent is raising their child. If the parent tells the child electives don’t matter, do you think the child is going to care or do as well in electives as the core classes. We also don’t get to chose what they learn about computers, the information can be boring, I try very hard to encourage my students to do well in my class and I have always had top scores, BUT, I can’t say it would be fair to grade a teacher solely on the test scores of the students without looking into attendance, behavior, and student home life, because all these things weigh on how well a child performs in school, which are very hard to measure. I give a state exam every year and if a child is absent and doesn’t show for the test the zero is calculated into the class average, how is that fair to me or the class. There are also attendance laws at schools that are not even enforced against the parents but at the same time the teacher has to carry the score? I really think the outside should have to come and work a week at a school as a teacher and get a reality check as to what we really do daily for their children and the children in America in general. Same goes for a police job, ride with a police officer for a shift and get another reality check. As far as NC goes, we get evaluated 3 times a year and IF we don’t pass we can be fired, tenure in our state really means nothing. Tenure in Union states is another story.

  • Guestin

    What about other workers like maintenance people teachers keep getting raises and nobody else does that wrong and discrimination against all non teachers they are the only ones that have got raises,I haven’t had a cost of living in at least five years.

  • L

    Teachers haven’t had a raise since 2008 and they don’t receive anything for cost of living…so, I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  • SurfCityTom

    include a strong perfomance based requirement, and chuck the tenure gaurantee, doubtful.

    Get with the private sector. Achieve or exceed performance requirements for students, you have a good chance of obtaining a willing ear.

  • Guest84

    Oh good an extra $50 a month in my paycheck. Now I fill my tank all the way up instead of half way. Whoohoo!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest Redneck Across the River

    Better than a $50 pay cut. Not a very appropriate attitude for a school teacher. Can tell you’re in it for the money instead of the satisfaction of preparing kids for adulthood. You are part of the education problem instead of the solution.

  • robo

    More tenure based stuff from the Governor. Pay increases should be based on performance of if based on cost of living, given equally to all teachers.

  • Guest Future NC Teacher

    If teachers are able to pay their bills, it will alleviate some of the stress in their lives. This, in turn, will help them to have even better attitudes when working with students every day, and let them concentrate more on their job instead of their money problems. They will have more time to make lessons that will grab the attention of ALL their students instead of just the ones with a specific type of learning. Should doctors not get paid because they should be satisfied with helping somebody live? Should janitors not get paid because they should be satisfied with making a place more sterile and less dangerous? Should farmers not get paid because they should be satisfied with helping the hungry eat? If yes then I can understand why you’re thinking this way. If no, please give me some insight.

  • NC_5th_ grade_ teacher

    I had to comment on your reply. I teach in an elementary school in North Carolina where I arrive at 6:30 every morning (leaving my residence at 5:45 a.m.) and usually do not leave the school until 5:30-6:00 p.m. due to the free tutoring I offer my students after dismissal. I also spend my weekends lesson planning and the few hours after I arrive home from school grading papers and revising lesson plans. I graduated my university programs with three degrees including a Masters that in all cost me $180,000.00. The money I am paid including the benefits I receive in comparison to the time I put in works out to barely more than minimum wage. I live frugally, shop the clearance racks, carpool, and pack my lunch to save money. Still, it is difficult to make ends meet with all the bills we must pay. Least you think I am in this job for the money I would point out the amount of time I spend planning for individual students, contacting parents, creating out-of-the-box ideas to help my students learn, and the hundreds of dollars I spend out of my own pocket (money I don’t really have) to bring good books and supplies into my classroom. Before you generalize,as you have with your comment, remember that teachers are professionals. For the money we spend for our degrees, we are underpaid professionals. Compare us to other professionals such as doctors, lawyers, nurses, computer programmers, scientists, etc. Privatized companies pay enormous sums to their valued workers who expect their large salaries. Teachers here are not asking for a hundred thousand dollars a year. We are asking for a salary comparable to the work we put forth. Money becomes an issue for us (as it does with any worker) when our paychecks mean we can not support ourselves or family.

  • Guest 1

    Redneck, your Id sums it up. It’s people like you with your back woods thinking that is going to hold this state back.

  • kg4vt

    Not only have teachers not had a raise,
    the current salary remains BELOW the 2008 figures!
    Actually, after having looked into it in depth;
    I have to go back 7 years to see the same pay that was just approved for 2012-2013 school year…
    That means with a Master’s Degree in Education, I am scheduled to make a whopping $30.00 more than a teacher of equivalent status made in 2005 !

    And I am currently checking out this 1.2% “increase in pay”;
    do the math, look at the charts:
    it appears across the board, without adding another year for service, my pay scale is $1100.00 LOWER than last year!
    Is this funny math or what?
    Apparently, 2+2 does NOT equal 4 !
    Please! Somebody tell me I am wrong!


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