Amid budget uncertainty, McCrory praises teachers, pledges to continue working on pay (video)

With the state budget nearly eight weeks overdue, Governor Pat McCrory took to You Tube Sunday to praise teachers and reassure them his office was continuing to work to raise their salaries:

“I want to let you know I’m doing my best, working very, very hard with the legislature to continue the pay raises,” said Governor McCrory. “We’ve committed to spending over $1 billion in teacher salaries during the next fiscal year.”

School districts have been struggling to get ready for the new school year that begins this week.

Without a firm budget in place, districts have reported teacher shortages in critical areas. Teaching assistants have seen their hours cut, with no promise of having a job beyond September if the state budget does not allocate enough money for their positions.

Still other districts have shut down driver’s education programs, uncertain if the money will be available to teach teenager drivers.

To view a portion of Governor McCrory welcome message to North Carolina teachers click below:

The full video shot at North Rowan High School in Spencer where McCrory was once a student teacher is available here.


  1. Sharon Whitford

    August 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    It is time to quit playing around, do what’s right by NC taxpayers and pass the budget. The longer they wait the more retroactive it will be and the more taxes they can take out of state employees pay. Get with it and do your jobs!

  2. Pertains!

    August 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Yak, yak, yak! Such empty little sound bites:( Does he really believe anyone of any party appreciates when he cuts another ribbon or “stars” in a cute little classroom u tube video. Go visit a large school with one TA who has to run a large office and provide care for three young diabetics while the phone is ringing off the hook. See how happy she is in her below poverty wage job. If our economy was not in such poor shape everyone that could would leave the public school system wreck you and the senate have created.
    Everyone in the senate and the governor’s mansion should pat each other on the back. They have almost destroyed public education in NC.

  3. eilene

    August 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Somebody is running for re-election… that’s all this empty gesture means to me. I’ll hold my breath while I wait for my next raise… hope it isn’t seven years like the last one, and I hope it comes out to more than $13 a month (before taxes) like the last one, after they yanked longevity away and pretended it was a raise. Of course, he’s not the only one that could care less… the rest of the NCGA is right there with him.

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