Perdue: Give NC teachers raises

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue said today that she will propose a pay raise for North Carolina teachers in the budget she’ll send the General Assembly later this spring.

The news came at the end of Perdue’s speech to the N.C. Association of Educators, which is holding its annual convention this weekend in Winston-Salem. Perdue said she hopes the Republican-controlled General Assembly will “unfreeze the teachers’ salary schedule.”

The raise would be the first for teachers in four years.

Perdue said she’s not yet sure what percentage raise she’ll support, or the total budget impact. Her office is working on an amended state budget now, and the General Assembly will make its own changes during a May legislative session.

Republican leaders in the majority at the legislature have already said they hope to include teacher raises in their budget, and several local systems – including the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system – are calculating a potential increase as they put together their own budgets.

This article was written by Travis Fain and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.

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