• John Locke Update

    Teacher Pay: A Look at the Last Decade

    posted June 3, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Overall, North Carolina teacher pay has improved despite periods of no or moderate pay increases. North Carolina ranks 34th nationally and 2nd in the Southeast in teacher pay. The increase in teacher benefits — specifically the rising cost of retirement benefits — is the biggest reason for the escalating costs of teacher compensation.
  • John Locke Update

    Lack of teachers may threaten learning loss summer program

    posted May 5, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Because teachers have the option of declining summer employment, summer learning programs designed to address learning loss may be short-staffed. Reasons for opting out of the summer learning programs vary, but they fall into three categories: political, financial, and psychological.
  • John Locke Update

    How much do teachers make in North Carolina? It depends who you ask

    posted April 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For 2020-21, North Carolina’s average teacher salary is $54,392, which is ranked 34th in the nation according to the National Education Association. The statewide average salary increased by around 21 percent between 2014 and 2021. The NC Association of Educators insists that the calculation of the average is flawed.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s reckless budget, Part 2: A closer look at appropriations

    posted April 13, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    The largest increase in Cooper's proposed state appropriations would be for employee salaries and benefits. Cooper's proposal does not provide price tags for Leandro or Medicaid expansion. Cooper would also eliminate successful and popular Opportunity Scholarships.
  • John Locke Update

    Average teacher pay is stagnant, and Democrats and the pandemic are to blame

    posted April 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Since 2019, after rocketing upward for seven years, North Carolina’s average teacher salary has increased by only $452, or 0.8 percent. Democratic obstructionism and uncertain economic conditions at the height of the pandemic led to two consecutive years of negligible salary growth.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s education budget: following the money tells you a lot

    posted April 1, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Cooper recommends 11 and 16 percent spending increases for K-12 public education for the next biennium, focusing on teacher and administrator pay increases, bonuses, hiring more staff and raising pay to $15/hour for noncertified staff.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s educator bonus proposal is politics, not prudence

    posted February 15, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In the end, Gov. Cooper’s supplemental budget recommendations signal his affinity for the education establishment, disregarding long-standing infrastructure needs and supporting antiquated employee compensation practices that do little to improve the overall quality of education in North Carolina.
  • John Locke Update

    Teachers are staying put, and that’s good news

    posted December 2, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Public school advocacy organizations and teacher unions claim that educator attrition data indicate the health of the teaching profession. If that is the case, then they should be pleased that the rate continues to drop.
  • John Locke Update

    Is North Carolina a Top State for Teachers?

    posted September 23, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolinians do not need WalletHub to tell us that North Carolina teachers have fared well since 2014. Several state-level reports and studies reflect the efforts of the NC General Assembly to prioritize investments in public school teachers.

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