Teacher pay plan raises questions

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Submitted: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:28am
Updated: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:58pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY)– The governor announced his plan for teacher pay raises at North Carolina A&T university this morning.

Teachers we talked to say they’re happy with any raise, of course, but the concern is about their long term plans.

For Lori Johnson the appreciation she gets from her students at Lincoln Elementary goes a long way.

“Those are the things we call paychecks, that don’t come in an envelope,” Johnson said, “and I’ve had plenty of those.” Sadly, those don’t pay her bills.

“It is very frustrating when you feel like you’re not being appreciated for what you do, and there’s so many pieces to what we do that are unseen and unheard of to the public,” said Johnson.

Which is why there was such a push to raise teacher pay. Not just new teachers either but all of them.

At a press conference Wednesday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, Gov. Pat McCrory announced major education initiatives that will include more money for teachers and state employees.

During the presser, McCrory introduced the “Career Pathways for Teachers” framework, which comes as a follow up to an announcement he made in February that he would work to increase the base pay for North Carolina teachers to $35,000.

Some though hoping the raises being put forward are only the beginning.

“I think as teachers we’re looking for the compensation for the work that we do,” said Settle Dawkins, adding
that Mccrory’s step was just that. As a third grade teacher he’s hoping for more.

“We’d be happier if there was a long term plan laid out at the beginning for what the future holds for the pay that we will receive,” said Dawkins.

For Johnson her 18 years of teaching has never been about the money.

“That’s why I’m here, I’m here for the students,” Johnson said.

If it’s their future hanging in the balance though she thinks the answer is deceptively simple.

“You want the best from your students so you want the best teachers. You get what you pay for,” she said.

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10 Comments on "Teacher pay plan raises questions"

2015 years 8 months ago

I work in the private sector and we have not had raises in 7 years either. Benefits are more expensive every year but we understand if the money isn’t on the bottom line, we don’t have jobs.

Old Guy
2015 years 8 months ago

Hey Teachers you ought to be thankful for what you are getting. The State Employees haven’t had a raise in seven years. How would you like working for the same pay you were making seven years ago. Stop the whining and complaining there are others people out there that will get a raise but with no back pay for the last seven years. Shame on you!

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Teachers are state employees! Their salaries were frozen too! Get your facts straight. And who is complaining? Since when is asking a question or having a concern considered “complaining”? Shame on you!

2015 years 8 months ago

As much as you are on this board, I doubt you do enough work to deserve a raise. They should probably fire you.

2015 years 8 months ago

Just got word of a possible pay raise and they are already complaining. Should have done more research before making the decision to become a teacher in NC. Remember, you can be replaced by internet classrooms.

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Complaining? Those are not complaints. Those are questions and concerns from the very people who help to shape the minds of the future. Perhaps you need to do your research and you will see that these people spend their days being a nurse,judge and counselor, as well as a teacher, and spend their nights planning lessons, grading papers and gathering materials for the next day’s lessons. “I am in it for the money,” said no teacher ever. They are not looking for riches, just a salary with which they can support a family. Is that too much to ask? I think not.
P.S. Remember, online classrooms are taught by teachers too.

2015 years 8 months ago

which is impossible to provide.

Who can predict with certainty what the long term will hold?

They’re impacted, as are all state employees, by the annual repayments to the Feds of the $2.6 Billion borrowed by the 2 previous administrations. $147 million annually could do a lot for all state employees. If you’re unhappy about that, thank Bev and Mike.

What’s the future for Medicaid? That’s a big drain on state resources.

What about unemployment? Will the liberals mount an attack to extend benefits for years?

In the private sector, there are no gaurantees.

1 thing is clear. Teacher performance will be a factor in teacher compensation. No doubt the loudest screaming will come from those who can’nt perform.

Welcome to the real world.

2015 years 8 months ago

I am surprised at the lack of compassion from y’all down in the bible belt!
A group of professionals feel that they are worth more money, then let them handle their business. You don’t want more from your job?
Teachers should unite and strike, yes I Know that it is illegal, but so was segregation at on point.
If you want to survive, then you’ve got to fight. I’m ready for a fight.
The NC governor is just a suck up politician with strings tied to a convenient store slum king.
a politician thinks about the next election, a leader thinks about the next generation.

Old Guy
2015 years 8 months ago

Teachers maybe State Employees but they are the only ones that cry the most. My Father served in New Hanover County as a Teacher for 22 years and I never once heard him complain about his pay. Yes we struggled but guess what thats real life. My comment was that all of the other State Employees work just as hard and serve the public as Teachers do and they deserve some recognition too. They have to put up with cry baby citizens like you when they can’t get their way especially in the court system. AOC is just one example where the employees get great evaluations but no ensentive as far as their pay as well.
If you want to fight then fight for ALL not just for an elect sect such as Teachers. So what are you going to do about your attitude about all the other State Employees?

2015 years 8 months ago

Teaching is not the only profession that requires overtime work. Teachers make more than the state’s average salary. The difference between their profession and the others is that the others don’t get several days off for Christmas, a week off in the spring and all holidays off, not to mention the time they get off in the summer. In fact, there are quite a few professions whose people make a lot less than teachers, who do not get the holidays off. Policeman make less than the state’s average salary and they don’t get to spend all of their holidays with their families.

Complaining is the right word for it, because they have been complaining for quite some time.