Even as House and Senate leaders tout a seven percent pay raise for teachers, the North Carolina Association of Educators is out with a top ten list of why the final 2014-15 budget lawmakers will vote this week on is bad for education. The NCAE notes the budget compromise takes away longevity pay, funds vouchers, and covers other needed resources with one time, non-recurring funds:
Here’s the NCAE’s complete list:
Top 10 Reasons the 2014-15 Budget is Bad
- The budget is built on an ill-conceived tax cut plan for the wealthy and for-profit corporations and is unsustainable.
- The budget is an unfulfilled promise for public education and only a small down payment on the State’s IOU to students, public education and educators.
- The budget continues to disrespect educators who want to earn a master’s or other degree.
- The budget does not provide a 7 percent raise, as it takes away longevity and folds it into the salary steps for teachers.
- The budget is not a comprehensive plan and is not committed to moving NC teacher salaries to the national average.
- The budget creates inequity for public school state employees and non-public school state employees by providing different raises.
- The budget expands the use of taxpayer dollars for vouchers without accountability.
- The budget appears to shift needed resources to non-recurring allocations and unstable funding sources.
- The budget will place an extra burden on locals as they have to decide what to fund, what to cut and what to maintain for quality public education.
- The budget has many details that have not been shared for discussion in a transparent setting or opportunity for input.