Sen. Berger announces teacher pay increase plan

RALEIGH — Sen. Phil Berger Sr. announced a plan Wednesday to increase teacher salaries by an average of about $5,800 a year, according to the News & Record. 

“To attract and keep the best educators in the classroom, the Senate budget will include an average pay increase for our teacher of over 11 percent,” Berger told reporters at a press conference in Raleigh this morning.

The drawback would be that teachers would have to give up tenure in order be eligible for the pay raises.

Berger declined to say how the pay increases would be funded, but the plan would cost the state approximately $468 million.

Berger said it will be the largest teacher pay increase in the state’s history.

Source: News & Record