The current debate regarding the teacher pay raise within the state budget raises concern among teachers and administrators.
Forsyth County Association of Educators President Ann Petitjean said the seven percent pay raise in the state budget comes at a loss of longevity pay guaranteed to state employees.
The $282 million increase amounts to about $3,300 a year.
Republican Senator Harry Brown said the budget with the pay raise does a lot for the state.
“It moves the state in education to where it’s competitive, as far as teacher pay, and addresses many of the needs that are important to this state,” he said.
Petitjean said the Association of Educators continues to demand change from legislators to get the pay they deserve, comparable to surrounding states.
“The state should support public education and fund it, so if that means if we have to make some changes in Raleigh we need to do that,” Petitjean said.
Archdale Elementary School teacher and member of the Randolph County Association of Educators Christopher Tuft said he once considered moving to his home state to teach for better pay.
“It’s really frustrating to watch the profession that I love, the profession that I know is so important not just for me but for my kids and kids across the country, be disrespected,” Tuft said.