Largest Teacher Pay Raise in NC History

Senate Republicans unveiled a groundbreaking plan Wednesday to provide North Carolina public school teachers an average 11.2 percent permanent pay raise beginning July 1. The $468 million increase would be the largest in state history and would boost North Carolina from 47th in overall teacher pay to the middle of current national rankings and from 9th to 3rd in the Southeast, propelling the state ahead of Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The plan, which replaces the archaic 37-step system with an entirely new base pay scale designed to attract and keep the best teachers in the classroom, would provide more than a $5,800 average salary increase per teacher in the first year of implementation.

“There’s no greater investment we can make than in preparing our children for the future, and that’s why Senate Republicans have focused on improving student outcomes since day one,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). “We’ve already taken steps to reform education and improve early career and performance pay for teachers.  Investing nearly half a billion dollars in pay raises will make North Carolina a regional leader and encourage the best and brightest teachers to make a long-term commitment to their profession, our students and our state.”


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