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Republicans pledge teacher raises ahead of Wednesday's rally in Raleigh

Republicans pledge teacher raises ahead of Wednesday's rally in Raleigh

The North Carolina Association of Educators, which planned the event, is calling for per-student spending and teacher pay to be raised to at least the national average, and for lawmakers to restore funding for public schools to pre-recession levels.

More than 15,000 teachers signed up to attend the rally, but it's unclear how many will take the day off and come to the march. Working conditions like those in North Carolina explain why.

"Long-term salary growth is exactly what teachers need", said Moore. Multiple school districts and counties followed suit.

"I suspect there are parents and community members who will judge us for protesting during a school day", Pageau said. The people who are writing Letters of Recommendation. The percentage in Cumberland County is even lower, which means that teacher with five years experience earns a supplemental salary of $2,618.

It depends on whom you ask.

North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, making them 39th in the country previous year, the National Education Association reported last month.

They've had some salary increases in recent years, but when adjusted for inflation, they've lost 9.4% in pay since 2009. Yet North Carolina teacher pay-which averages out just above $50,000, including local supplements and benefits- remains almost $10,000 below the national average and ranks 39th in the nation.




We find it hard to blame the teachers, who have been peaceably complaining through proper channels for years. I am also a 3rd grade teacher.

Some North Mecklenburg High School teachers spent their time after school Tuesday making signs for the teachers rally in Raleigh on Wednesday.

But funding for both are on the rise. And now, going into my 6th year teaching, and becoming a mentor, and hearing that at one time there was mentor pay ... that makes me think, "Well was there mentor pay?" Our hope is that they will use this new found strength and power not just to receive more pay, but to effect meaningful and measurable improvements for the more than 1.5 million students in our state.

"So many people, they tell us over and over again it's a hard job", Walker said. (There is more money kicked in for higher degrees and certifications). "The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay". Support staff - nurses, counselors, aides - are insufficient.

Edgecombe County Public Schools made no move to cancel classes on Wednesday.

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. "We can not attract the best and brightest educators when we then pay them far less than they would make in another field requiring the degree level they achieve". Though at least 83 of the school system's 860 teachers are taking the day off, more than 160 would have to be absent for the district to cancel classes, Brown said.


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