by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Since 2014, the N.C. General Assembly has signaled a commitment to raising pay for public school teachers. Over the last five years, the average salary increases approved by the state legislature have produced a 19.3 percent increase in average pay. Competitive starting pay has been their specific focus. According to the National Education Association (NEA), North Carolina has a middle-of-the-road starting salary, both nationally and regionally.