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:
“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.”
“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.