Following this morning’s presser by Gov. Pat McCrory on his plan for improving teacher pay during the upcoming legislative session, below is the quick and dirty of what he proposed. There is a lot more to learn about this plan, so stay tuned for further details and analysis.
- Early childhood education: McCrory put an additional $3.6 million in his budget to expand early childhood ed.
- Textbooks: McCrory doubled the budget for textbooks, upping it to $46 million.
- Beginning teacher pay: McCrory kept his February proposal in the budget, pledging that beginning teachers would make a minimum of $35,000 by 2015.
- All North Carolina teachers: McCrory promised an average 2 percent pay increase for all teachers. So those receiving the beginning pay boost (those with up to 7 years of experience) could see as much as a 7 percent pay increase next year.
- All state employees: McCrory announced a flat $1,000 raise for all state employees, including benefits.
- Career pathway for teachers & prof pay schedule: Revamps the NC teacher salary schedule, fully implemented by 2018.
- Would allow teachers to earn more, sooner, based on a variety of factors.
- Will reward experience, but will also reward performance.
- Will pay teachers more who work in hard to staff schools.
- Those teaching subjects that are in high demand in the marketplace could earn more, e.g. chemistry or math.
- Teacher leaders who can mentor other teachers could earn more.
- $9 million fund: will assist school districts in the creation of local Career Pathways that encourage effective teachers to expand their impact and maximize student achievement. This three-year fund will allow local educators and district leaders to receive support as they create or expand a performance-based pay system catered to the needs of their schools and students. Pilot initiatives in eight school districts will form the foundation of a statewide model for performance-based compensation. Eight additional pilots will start the following year.
- Master’s degree pay: 10 percent supplemental pay bump for those who hold degrees in the field in which they teach.
Check back soon with N.C. Policy Watch for more details…