Fat raises (in exchange for tenure rights) vs. frozen pay – NC teachers face a difficult choice – (video)

K-12 teachers hoping for a raise this year were given a choice in the Senate’s budget: exchange career status protections for a sizable raise in the fall, or get used to frozen pay.

Education reporter Lindsay Wagner has a complete run down of the Senate’s budget plan on NC Policy Watch’s main site today. And as Wagner notes,  we’re still learning about other cuts in this fast-moving budget proposal:

Details emerged late last night that indicated funding for teacher assistants, which has dropped off sharply in the past few years, would be hit again. Funding for TAs would be cut nearly in half by $233 million.

The state’s Department of Public Instruction’s budget would suffer a 30 percent cut.

To read Wagner’s piece, click here. To hear Senate Leader Phil Berger describe his proposal that ties teacher compensation to surrendering tenure rights, click below:
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3 Comments

  1. Robert

    May 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Are they kidding? Why do people still think that tenure means we can’t lose our job? So, either give up the right to due process, or continue a pay schedule that does not keep up with inflation. We lose either way. Awesome. I am so glad I became a teacher.

  2. Stephania Morgan

    May 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    If there are funds for the proposed raises, then why can’t the current pay scale be unfrozen? This proposal blackmails teachers into giving up their right to due process. The reason such due process is needed is to protect teachers from being dismissed when an administrator has a personality conflict with them, wants their classroom position for a friend or relative, seeks retribution for a teacher speaking out on controversial issues or not supporting a certain political candidate. Procedures are in place to dismiss teachers who are incompetent, immoral, ineffective, lazy, etc. If administrators do their jobs right, teachers who should lose their jobs can be fired.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    May 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Yes, it is a hard choice. I guess Jimmy Hunt, Sleazely, and Dumplin along with the 140 years of corrupt democrats didn’t really have the best intentions for teachers in mind after all. If you remember all these pay freezes started with them and their NCGA cronies. I for one am heartened that some strides are being made