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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina senators are offering veteran teachers a choice between a double-digit pay raise or keeping the job protections a court says lawmakers can’t strip away.

State senators on Wednesday announced their proposed budget will include pay raises of more than 10 percent for teachers who have earned career status after four years.

Giving up tenure rights would raise the state-supplied salary of a teacher with five years of experience from almost $31,000 this year to $35,000 next year. That teacher would get no raise if he or she kept their job rights.

A state Superior Court judge this month ruled a new law was unconstitutional because it stripped veteran teachers from job protections that barred their firing or demotion except for reasons that include poor performance, immorality and insubordination.

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  • SurfCityTom

    if times are so tough, how did the Teachers Association come up with $2million for Smiley Perdue’s campaign?

    would more cash be available for teacher raises if the State was not repaying $2.4 BILLION TO the Feds which had been borrowed during the 2 prior administrations to maintain that albatross known as Medicaid?

  • Itsnotimportant

    Comments can easily be matched to the type of student you were in school. Truly educated students appreciate those who worked hard and helped educate them, while the dropouts and uneducated ones write the ignorance as their comment. Some of you that think you are educated are fooling yourself as well. Its not a teacher’s fault that you are what you have become. You might want to look at your parents as a starting point because ignorance does breed ignorance and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It starts in the home.

  • David Harris

    I’m a teacher. I have been for 6 years in NC. In that time I have downsized my home, had two kids and struggle to find work every Summer to pay bills. I love my job, but will probably be divorced due to the stress it has put on my family for not making enough money. Meanwhile the new teachers will start with a nice cushion. For god sakes the cable guy makes more money and gets a raise every year. Would you leave him alone in a room with your child? We as parents trust teachers and at the same time expect them to perform miracles. We are human and deserve to be treated like humans. We are not asking to be rich, far from it, but let’s be real folks, we deserve a substantial raise and a sustainable ladder to climb. With no incentive in any job you are asking for mediocrity and mediocrity sucks! Open up your pockets and stop complaining about those who got you to where you are today. Yes, some better then others, but in all you wouldn’t be in a successful career without someone who took the time to teach you.

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