by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The NC House released details of their state budget adjustments this week. Although lacking some critical elements, the House budget includes an average 4.1 percent increase in teacher salaries and a $1,000 bonus for our beginning and most experienced public school teachers.
The budgets of both Governor McCrory and the House also granted a “step increase” to teachers, thereby allowing those who continue in the profession to advance one experienced-based spot on the state’s teacher salary schedule. Starting in year five and every five years afterward, that advancement includes a substantial pay increase.
According to NC Department of Public Instruction figures, under the House plan a teacher entering the upcoming school year with five years of experience would receive a raise of $3,000 or 8.6 percent. Teachers moving into their tenth year would receive a $5,500 salary boost, a 15.1 percent increase from the year before.
The percentage increases go to 12.5 percent in year 15; 10.3 percent in year 20; and 9.7 percent in year 25. Raises at those level range from $4,500 to $5,000 dollars. Teachers with 25 years of experience would also receive a $1,000 bonus.