by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
That is the Politifact North Carolina verdict of a claim made by a Stokes County school teacher on Facebook. The post went viral, and even Governor Roy Cooper weighed in (apparently without verifying the information first).
Politifact’s Paul Specht concludes,
A teacher in western North Carolina said he makes $53 a day, spurring politicians to use his claim to support their position that teachers across the state are underpaid. The difference between what the teacher claimed and what the records show is about $26.76. In other words, his daily pay in April was about 50 percent higher than he claimed it was.
What teachers make is an important debate — one that should be won or lost on solid numbers. There are many ways of illustrating a correct number, but the $53/day is not the poster child it was made out to be.
We rate this statement False.