• John Locke Update

    A Sustainable Path for Pension and Retiree Health Benefits

    posted July 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    One reason teachers and state employees may not have seen the raises they wanted in recent years is that the government’s cost for pensions and retiree health benefits has climbed…
  • Research Report

    Learning About Teacher Pay: North Carolina already ranks 11th in compensation

    posted October 27, 2005 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Governor Easley announced that North Carolina will raise its average teacher salary to the national average in three years. Adjusted for cost of living, pension contribution, and teacher experience, however, the state’s average teacher salary ranks 11th in the nation and is about $1,600 above the national average. There is no evidence to support the governor’s contention that a higher average salary will aid in recruiting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce or will make students more competitive in the global economy. A system of merit-based pay would provide an incentive for highly qualified individuals to enter and stay in the teaching profession.

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