Gov. McCrory to recommend average 5 percent teacher raises


JAMESTOWN, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says his upcoming budget plan for next year will ask legislators to raise North Carolina public school teacher pay by 5 percent on average and offer one-time bonuses that disproportionately benefit veteran teachers.

McCrory unveiled highlights of his public education spending proposal Tuesday during a news conference at the Guilford County high school he attended.

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The Republican governor says his plan would raise the state’s average teacher salary above $50,000 and move North Carolina up the pay ladder among Southeastern states. He also envisioned bonuses ranging from $1,100 to $5,000.

The governor didn’t provide specifics on how much such pay increases would cost except that a small projected budget surplus would help make it happen. Any pay changes would require House and Senate approval.

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