McCrory proposes an average of two percent raise for teachers, new Career Pathway plan

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Gov. Pat McCrory proposed an average of two-percent raise for all teachers in addition to other education announcements during a press conference at North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.

"It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but we need to appreciate teachers for generations to come," McCrory said.

The proposed raises are built into next year's budget proposal.

"My budget... we're recommending teachers an average raise of two-percent," McCrory said. "Teachers can expect to see an average raise of two-percent in addition to the base pay for those teachers receiving a 7 percent raise."

McCrory said within the next two years, there will be no teacher in North Carolina that will make less than $35,000 a year.

McCrory also said all state employees will receive a $1,000 raise under his budget plan.

Any pay increase would have to be approved by the Republican-led General Assembly.

The two-percent raise and $1,000 raise for state employees will cost $265 million in next year's budget.

In February, McCrory outlined a plan that would raise the state's base pay for a starting teacher from $30,800 to $35,000 by the 2015-16 school year. McCrory and lawmakers said they want to spend $200 million on the plan that will raise salaries for teachers in the first 10 years in the classroom.

The national average for teacher annual salary is $55,000.

McCrory also announced CPT, the Career Pathway for Teachers model. McCrory said the current pay plan is "old and outdated" and doesn't work in the 20th century.

McCrory said they developed the plan after speaking with teachers and administrators across North Carolina.

"This career pathway will focus on several areas," McCrory said. "It will reward experience. It will also reward performance. It will also focus on hard-to-staff schools."

McCrory said he hopes to combine proposed short-term raises with a long-term plan Career Pathway plan to improve teacher pay across the state.

McCrory said the plan will be "tweaked" next week and will not be a slam-dunk, but insisted this is a step in the right direction.

McCrory said the pay scale should adjust to those schools and should reward teachers that are mentors at their schools.

McCrory said if teachers are not meeting students' needs, they will not get automatic pay raises.

"This is all about the students," McCrory said.

The Career Pathway plan will cost $9 million beginning next year, which will include pilot programs. Full implementation of the plan would be implemented in 2017-2018.

McCrory also made other education announcements on Wednesday.

"We will provide an additional $3.6 million to expand early childhood education in North Carolina," McCrory said.

McCrory said the transition to digital learning will not "happen overnight," but the state is focused on the goal.

"Our budget will double state funding for textbooks, raising the total amount to $46 million," McCrory said.

McCrory's announcement will be followed Wednesday afternoon by another announcement from Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and Sen. Jerry Tillman - who said they will unveil a new fund to supplement teacher pay.


  • CummaSuckaLicka

    yeah, raise for teachers, but cut the budget for school spending…..really makes alot of sense here dummies.

    • Ron Speaks (@wRaldri)

      Here’s some rationale for that, if it’s true…our teachers are the most important resource in the school system. So if it takes robbing Peter to pay Paul right now, so be it. The main thing people forget is that the state has no money. Had you rather we borrow MORE money and get even closer to bankruptcy? And oh, btw, your nickname buys you ZERO credibility anyway.

      • Boskof

        Since I started with my online business, I earn $62 every 15 minutes! My best friend has been averaging 30k for months now, he works about 20 hours a week and convinced me to try. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. The potential with this is endless. This is what I do ..

  • NobodyAtAll

    No teachers under 35K…Well that’s very 1990 ish with the rest of the country…So what about the last 24 years?

    • Chucky

      Yep! Some of us will still complain. I am not a teacher but work for the state. Even though the NC statutes say when and how much of a raise I am to get, my pay has been frozen for 5 years while the costs of living have gone up and the health benefits provided go down. I am making less now than I was 5 years ago thanks to all of that. So yes, I will still complain about this $1,000.00 because here is how it breaks down: I am paid monthly and I pay about 28% in taxes and other fees (for lack of a better word). $1,000.00 divided by 12 is $83.34. Deduct 28% for taxes and that leaves me with a whopping $60.00 per month raise. Now that is certainly more than I have gotten but what I was supposed to get by statute was about $2,500.00 two years ago. Using the same math, that is about $150.00 per month for the last 2 years ($3,600.00 after taxes) plus longevity pay based on that amount for each year. In the end, I am still getting it in the end if you know what I mean. So yes, I will still complain. In the meantime while all of this has happened with the money, the state has passed laws that make my job more difficult, more demanding and have given me no tools to enforce the laws they passed. So yes, I will complain. I have put in more than 20 years for the state… too long to really go and work anywhere else as my job is very specialized. When I started working for the state, it was not because of the pay. I could put up with the lower pay since I had great benefits. Now the benefits are much worse and my pay is still bad. So yes, I will complain. Thanks Governor for considering the $1,000.00 though. For that, I will not complain. :)

  • Jennifer

    Thank You, Governor McCrory!!! HAPPY DAY in North Carolina!!! An Excellent governor who UNDERSTANDS and CARES about our state’s future!!

    • What?

      Jennifer, are you insane? This governor doesn’t actually care about anyone except himself. He is only finally bowing down to pressure from teachers and other state employees because he finally got it through his thick head that we cannot stand him and he might need our votes someday.

  • Martha

    Stephen teachers do not work an 8-5 job. I think there should be more than 2% but anything is better than nothing.

    • NobodyAtAll

      So right Martha…Many teachers are paid “face time”…If the class is 45 minutes, they are paid for 45 minutes…The hour of prep time and the hour(s) that follow grading students work, etc etc, doesn’t count…That is done for free…Got a friend who teaches about 16 hours face to face per week…She puts in 60+ hours at home dedicated to those 16 hours…

    • Stephen

      Please spare me with the pathetic cries! Many of our troops make far less than $35,000/yr. Would you like to discuss hours? Sacrifices? Hazardous Duty? Family Separation? They aren’t getting raises. In fact, they are taking cuts. Besides, if you are a teacher, at what point did it dawn on you that you wouldn’t make much money? Freshman? Sophomore? Junior? Senior? Did your career counsellor lie to you about how much money teachers make? NO ONE ELSE is getting raises, but teachers, and you still complain! PATHETIC!

      • whatdidIread

        Exactly. My son was laid off from his job, and had to take a job making $5 less an hour. The unemployment benefits he got while he was trying to find a job were nowhere near as high as they would have been before McCrory put a cap of $350 on the benefits, also. If people are working hard every day, they deserve their unemployment when they are laid off, and they should have a long enough time to find a job where they are earning somewhere close to what they earned before.

      • GC

        Keep in mind that the entire summer “vacation” is unpaid. We only get paid for 10 months out of the year.

  • Mark

    At least progress is being made . One thing people need to remember is the places where teachers are making 55-70k per year are areas that have a very high cost of living . Almost every Democrat controlled state the cost of living is much higher than here due to taxes and regulations . You think its expensive to live here try going to Chicago or Detroit and try and survive there . You may make 55 k a year but will spend twice the amount on taxes and products .

    • whatdidIread

      Detroit is in Michigan. Michigan’s governor is a Republican. Just wondering, have you ever lived in another state? I have, and North Carolina is not a cheap state to live in. The taxes are high, the fuel taxes are ridiculous, groceries are expensive, etc.

      • Joust

        Not sure what the Repulican governor has to do with Detroit, but Detroit has been in the hands of liberals for decades and their policies finally wiped the city out.

        I’ve lived in NJ and things are WAY more expensive than in NC. I love it here and wouldn’t go back to NJ for all the money in the world.

      • whatdidIread

        This article is about the governor of our state. Mark, the person I was responding to, said “Almost every Democrat controlled state the cost of living is much higher than here due to taxes and regulations . You think its expensive to live here try going to Chicago or Detroit and try and survive there .” The implication is that he’s speaking of the governors of the states of Illinois and Michigan. That’s what a Republican governor has to do with Detroit. I grew up in Michigan, and my father worked in Detroit, and it was not WAY more expensive up there. My father earned $30,000 a year in the 70’s & 80’s, working as a journeyman printer, and we owned a small house on 7 acres of land and bought new cars, etc. My parents raised 6 kids and we did just fine.

    • Roadhouse

      Notice the report states our STARTING teacher pay, but the national average used in comparison for teacher pay in the report is the OVERALL salaries and not the other states average starting pay. What is the overall average salary of NC teachers? We’re not twenty thousand dollars a year behind on average. I hate when news reports don’t compare apples to apples.

      • What?

        Exactly, Roadhouse! The average salary for teachers in NC is around $46,000 – still behind the national average but not nearly as bad as most teachers would have you believe.

    • NobodyAtAll

      Just a small comparison for April 2014…
      Greensboro, NC Buffalo, NY
      Milk (liter) $ 1.08 $ .78
      Rice (1kg) 3.17 3.20
      Eggs (12) 2.17 2.12
      Local Cheese (1kg) 13.82 9.57
      Chicken Breasts (1kg) 11.02 7.42
      Apples (1kg) 6.05 3.94
      Potato 2.46 2.12

      Basic Utilities 154.92 168.62
      Internet 48.33 41.67
      Fitness Club 32.50 27.50

      1 Pair Levi 501 Jeans 51.67 38.33

  • tiredteacher

    I have been teaching for 17 years. I bring home 2,100 a month. Of that at least 200 goes back into supplies – pencils, paper, books, etc. I started at 23000. I work at least 10 hr days, no breaks plus 2-3 hours at home nightly. Im not complaining, I chose this career. BUT as a single mom, its not possible to survive. I run short every month. I wish I made 46000 a year!

    • What?

      tiredteacher, if you are spending your own money on pencils, paper and books then you are not taking advantage of the FREE resources that ARE available to you. You are making a choice to spend your own money; it is not necessary. You are also making a choice to “work” 12-13 hrs a day, which I don’t believe, anyway. Hope you enjoy your summer off!! Also, if you’re bringing home $2100 a month after insurance, retirement plan contribution, etc then you can’t be making much less than $46,000. I’ve been working for 25 yrs and I wish I brought home $2100 a month! And, yes, I also have a degree for which I worked hard.

      • GC

        I gross 32300 a year as a teacher, and I bring home $2050 per month on a ten month pay schedule. So you can most definitely bring home 2100 a month without making much over 30,000 a year.

    • whatdidIread

      Wow, you bring home 2100 a month, after working 10 hour days? My husband brings home 1500 a month, working 10 hour days in sweltering conditions in the summer, and freezing conditions in the winter. He has 25 years of experience operating computerized machines, and has been to college for industrial maintenance. My son brings home 2000 a month after working 12 hour days, welding trucks which must drive down the road safely, and in a sweltering shop, and he is filthy after work, and his lungs are full of poisonous welding gases. And he went to college too. So please, count yourself lucky,

    • Paul Letbetternash

      How about a 12 month a year job, you have really only been a teacher for 12 years in 17 years you have 51 months off, that over 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Join the real world, 12 month jobs are the norm.

  • CummaSuckaLicka

    Ok Ok Ok People…if your not happy with what your doing, GO FIND A NEW JOB!!!! If your tired of being paid nothing, GO FIND A NEW JOB!!!! For Heavens sake, BE HAPPY YOU EVEN HAVE A JOB TO GO TO!
    Quit your complaining already people…so many people are looking for work and some are living paycheck to paycheck..if your looking for work, I pray you find a job. For those living paycheck to paycheck, I pray your looking for work as well and not here complaining about a job that you yourself have chosen!

  • Steve

    Those of you that seem to think it is cool to diminish what teachers go through on a daily basis or say that they should just be happy that they have a job can get off your high horse. Yes, I know they chose this career but when I was in school kids had a little bit more respect and their parents actually cared about their child’s education. Now parents seem to think teachers are nothing but a bunch of glorified overpaid babysitters that get summers and weekends off. Well my wife is lucky to clear $1800 a month and still has to pay for supplies herself in order to provide a proper education to your spoiled brat kids. And for those who say they’re not taking advantage of the free supplies….where are these supplies? The school provided supplies run out during the first few months of school and the local resources don’t last much past that, leaving the teachers to either make the decision to provide resources to the children or let them fail. I personally would rather her save the money and if the child fails because of lack of resources…boo hoo!

    • Chucky

      I absolutely agree. I watched my parents work hard to pay bills and take care of us three kids. They bought what school supplies we needed. My mom, two of my aunts and my sister were all teachers and they used a lot of their own money buying supplies for the classroom like chalk, paper and such to make the classroom look nice. They also bought paper, pencils, tissue, glue, scissors… etc. for their students. I even know that they sometimes paid for field trips and lunches when parents didn’t provide them. These things were all FOR THEIR STUDENTS’ personal use. The parents should have been buying these things or at least looking to organizations for help if they could not buy them. Instead the parents would just send the students to school and the supplies or money would just magically appear. The teachers provide a lot more for your students than just an education. And this is the gratitude they get? I’m not shocked though… that is the sad thing.

  • Paul Letbetternash

    Them 9 month a year teachers will complain it is not enough not the right teachers too big too small too short too tall, you can not make these cryboxes happy. Give’m all $100k and only work 7 months, still will not be enough. 9 Months a year, lol

  • Wow

    Please remember (or learn if you don’t know), not all teachers get paid over the summer, so those 2 months “off” are literally 2 months off.

    I personally get paid 10 months out of the year. Teachers may not work at their schools during 8 weeks in the summer, but some of us have to get summer jobs or work two (or more) jobs throughout the school year to help support our families … just like many, many other Americans out there with other careers.

    Everyone has it hard in their own way, and I think people tend to forget that fact; however, you cannot sit there and tell me that you could live this life without teachers. Just like you couldn’t live without doctors, factory workers, construction workers, etc. Everyone deserves to be paid the amount of money they are worth. Some people, like in any job, put forth more effort than others. I do spend 10 hours at work almost every day and bring home a bag full of other things to work on. It’s not just papers to grade, but paperwork to fill out for children who struggle, lessons to finalize, workshops online to complete, etc. Yes, I could leave it at school, but then the parents of said children would have a cow that things were not completed in a timely manner. Yes, I do not have to answer parent emails at 10:30 at night, but I know, as a parent myself, it’s great to have an answer as soon as possible. Yes, I would like to be paid more because I do more than people think, but the bottom line is I LOVE MY JOB! I love watching children’s faces when they FINALLY “get it” and they are proud of themselves!

    There’s a lot more to be said on the behalf of teachers, but no matter what gets said, there will always be another comment that argues against it. There are plenty of teachers out there that don’t spend “extra” time after school and don’t take home anything to work on, and do only what is minimally expected of them in order to keep their job .. but I’d just like to say that those are the teachers that our “great” governor is trying to phase out, the ones that only do their job, period. He wants that ones that do more work than is expected, go above and beyond for their students, but not pay them what they deserve. And the good teachers will continue to be there for their students, no matter the crappy pay, or the multiple jobs, because they do it for the kids … your kids … our future!

    Everyone’s career is important, and worth defending in some way … and that includes teachers (and firefights, police officers, the troops, and all the other jobs out there that aren’t paid for their hard work).

    • GC

      You perfectly summed up my feelings on the issue. I didn’t choose this career for the money, and I do the extra things in the evenings, on the weekends, and over the summer because they are needed, not because they are required. The paycheck is not my reason for being here, but I would like to get paid what I am worth based on the hours I spend working. But I’m here for the long haul either way.

    • Chucky

      I’m not sure that how they get paid should be an issue. Don’t they choose to get paid over 10 months or 12 months. The teachers I knew could choose how they were paid.

      • GC

        If you are a 10 month employee you can choose to have your pay divided into twelve checks instead of 10, which means you get smaller paychecks, but you get more of them. You still do not get paid for the two months in the summer, regardless of the pay system you choose. It is more or less like being laid off for two months out of the year. Most of the teachers, myself included who are claiming to net around $2000 a month get our checks in a ten month pay schedule, meaning we do not get paid for two months during the summer.

      • What?

        The only thing that matters is what your total salary is for the year; whether you choose to be paid all of it in 10 months or spread it out over 12 months is irrelevant. Your salary is what it is. Many of us non-teachers are working hard and are also paid poorly, and we don’t get a two-month break from it. Teachers need to learn to appreciate the perks they have that the rest of the poor working folks don’t. When it comes down to underpaid workers, teachers are the most fortunate of the bunch, whatever that’s worth.

      • GC

        You’re correct that people need to look at the total salary rather than monthly. However, some teacher do work as 11 or 12 month employees and do get paid for the summer months because they have to work those two months.
        And I don’t mean to belittle what anyone does for a living, there are a lot of other jobs out there that don’t pay enough. Teaching does have its perks, but it also has many more rules and stipulations for behavior, conduct, and the things that you have to do outside of your work time than a lot of those other jobs. I would truly like for the people who belittle what teachers do to spend a week or two teaching 3 classes full of unruly high school students, and then see if they feel the same way. I don’t mean to say that we work harder or deserve more than anyone else, but people do not understand what we do in the classroom either, it is not a gravy train like many people seem to think.

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