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New Group Promotes Boosting Teacher Salaries
Written by Bruce Ferrell   
Monday, 20 January 2014 16:51

RALEIGH – A new group is launching an effort to increase the pay of K-12 public school teachers, and held a really Monday to get their efforts off the ground. Parents, educators, and community leaders took part in the rally, part of the start of the group called  "Aim Higher North Carolina," with the goal of getting teacher pay in the secondary system to the national average.

The group points to recent polls showing that raising pay for that level of educator to the national average has strong support across parties lines.  Governor Pat McCrory originally proposed a pay raise for teachers, but then said such a raise was not possible because the money would be needed to pay for increased Medicaid costs.

It is expected McCrory is going again propose increased pay for teachers in K-12 this year. The lawmakers return to Raleigh in May for the “short” session primarily devoted to budget adjustments.

Former Governor Jim Hunt also wrote a column published in selected newspapers pushing for increased salaries harkening back to his efforts during his own terms to boos salaries to the national average.

At least one national measure places teacher salaries 46th in the nation, down from the 23rd at one time. But, others point out that cost of living and quality of life factors must also be considered when comparing one region of the nation to another, rather than just dollar amounts alone.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 16:55
 
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