EIGHT pay increases in FIVE YEARS ???

Wow.  Where do I sign up for THAT JOB? The recipients of said pay raises were in Raleigh this week clad in red, skipping out on their jobs, and demanding MORE MONEY: While covering the teachers union-led protest that occurred at the North Carolina General Assembly this week, it was reported in this column that North Carolina teachers will soon be getting their fifth consecutive pay raise from the Republican-run state legislature under the new spending plan unveiled last week by Senate President Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain). It’s important to get the facts straight and to…

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NCGOP and the politics of teacher pay

Republican leaders in Raleigh are hoping to make political gains by getting behind Gov. Pat McCrory’s call for a teacher pay raise: Saying it was time to start showing respect to our teachers, Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday proposed increasing their base pay by $4,400 over the next two years. Under the plan, which must be approved by the state legislature, teachers would see their base salary increase from $30,800 to $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and $35,000 the following year. “$30,800 is not enough to raise a family or pay off student debt,” McCrory said. […] The plan…

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Teacher pay, job satisfaction and the politics of public education

The Round Rev and his rabble regularly showed up at The Legislative Building in Raleigh over the last year demanding that education spending and teacher pay be elevated to at least match “the national average.” Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other Republican leaders have hinted that teacher pay will be a significant issue in the legislative session that opens in May. Maestro Don Carrington of The John Locke Foundation has a great read in the January 2014 print edition of Carolina Journal.  His thesis?: Education leaders and some politicians have for years urged that pay for educators in North Carolina…

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The Left’s ‘Big Lie’ re: teacher pay & DHHS crony salaries MAY be getting some traction

    I was out at a social gathering last night, when I overheard a conversation that bothered me.  These were some folks I know — low info voters who are moderate to conservative in their politics — who I know voted for Pat McCrory in 2012.  Said one of them: “I really like Pat McCrory, but what he’s doing to teachers really bothers me.  Those folks work so hard for so little.  He won’t give them any more money, but he gave big raises to those kids who worked on his campaign.” I am of two minds on the…

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DPI’s Atkinson: teacher pay turning teachers off to NC. (Your beloved common core isn’t helping much.)

June Atkinson (D), our state’s superintendent of public instruction, is turning to that old saw that proves to be a winner for politicians again and again:  Teachers need to be paid more. Let’s see.  A Democrat-controlled legislature paid no attention to her on this subject.  Democrat governors Easley and Perdue paid no attention to her.  What does that say about her effectiveness as an advocate for classroom teachers?  Ol’ June (yeah, she is old)  says we’re experiencing a teacher shortage because the state ranks 46th nationally in teacher pay. Though, June ought to consider the impact her beloved common core…

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