Major newspapers agree: Teacher pay plan is insufficient

Editorials from North Carolina’s major newspapers are starting to come in on the Governor’s plan to raise pay for about a third of the state’s teachers. Here are four:

The Greensboro News & Record:

“Why show respect for just one-third of teachers? Why only invest in some? Leaving out the two-thirds who worked the longest for low pay betrays a poor regard for their contributions. The governor should push for an across-the-board increase, along with an extra boost for starting salaries.”

The Charlotte Observer:

“This proposal is a slap in the face to all those other teachers. They have toiled in N.C. schools without a pay raise for all but one of the last five years. And they did so under trying conditions as lawmakers boosted class sizes, eliminated money for teacher assistants and slashed funds for textbooks and other resources. Delaying raises for them until the “revenue picture becomes clearer” is unacceptable.”

The Winston Salem Journal:

“On Monday, McCrory talked about showing teachers respect, something his allies have not done lately. The proposed raise is nice, but it is only the first step in healing the pain inflicted recently on teachers.”

The Greenville Daily Reflector (posted the day before the announcement):

“A raise should be substantial and the start of a sustained climb so that North Carolina teachers make at least as much as those in neighboring states. A token bump won’t convince them that the state is serious. Raises should be across-the-board, not apportioned to a few who are rated as more deserving based on student test scores or some other criteria. That should be a separate issue. And the state should provide the funding. Talk by some legislative leaders that local governments should come up with the money is disturbing. School funding is primarily a state responsibility, and many counties are in dire straits financially.”

The Salisbury Post:

“While they’re at it, [state leaders] also ought to revisit the decision to phase out additional pay for advanced degrees. If legislators are serious about raising the bar for teachers, then they should continue to offer a modest salary hike as a reward for those who are committed to remaining in the classroom and furthering their own knowledge and skills.

Given past controversies, McCrory and legislators still have work to do in convincing educators and many taxpayers that they’re solidly behind the public school system and the teachers who are its frontline leaders. A base pay hike should help recruit new teachers. Keeping veteran educators in N.C. classrooms may be another matter.”

We’ll feature more takes as they come in. Stay tuned.



  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    And that is a surprise how? All these papers are controlled by the radical regressives and are expected to toe the party line. That is why they are losing readership in droves, no one believes them anymore.

  2. Alan

    February 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    LSD, “all these papers are controlled by the radical regressives and are expected to toe the party line”. What color is the sky in GOP Land? Also, “that is why they are losing readership in droves”, that’s just plain funny, if not just plain nuts. Haven’t you head of “the internets”, that series of interconnected pipes according to one old Republican?

    Face it, the state GOP has GROSSLY overstepped and will pay a price for it’s extremism. No amount of foaming at the mouth, “everyones out to get us” nonsense will change that.

    It appears to me that you are the one “toeing the line” with your daily dose of humor on this blog.

  3. Mike

    February 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I am amazed a progressive think tank like NC policy watch has issue with this new budget that actually raises some teachers salaries but was silent during Bev Purdue’s freeze on salaries and retroactively reducing all teachers pay 5% mid year. Fact is you should be on the inept past leadership that has caused NC teachers to be amongst the worst paid in the US. The democrat leadership has failed teachers.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    February 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Alan, are you saying for example the Goodmon controlled media here in the Triangle are not toeing the company line….you do know he is the “Art Pope” of the regressives right?

    Mike Mike Mike….this site is not here to focus on the truth or how we get here or how to solve the problems in a logical way. They are just here to eviscerate Republicans because they are mad that their guys are out of power. Just google “NC Blueprint memo” from last year around this time and you will see what this site and the other NC Justice center affiliates are up to. It is not too pretty…but is petty when you see it in writing.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    February 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Alan I have heard of the internet…not “head of the internets”…as far as I know there is only one internet…..hence my ability to visit this increasingly irrelevant site. And we will see I guess this year how accurate your prediction is since Kay Kay is on the ropes and will be losing.

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