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These two graphs show why June Atkinson is right and Tim Moore is wrong about teacher pay

As reported here on Wednesday by N.C. Policy Watch Education Reporter Billy Ball, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is calling for state teachers to receive a 10% raise. Yesterday, in response, House Speaker Tim Moore shot down the idea, saying it was unrealistic.

Here, in two simple graphs, is an explanation of why Atkinson is right and Moore is wrong. The graphs come from Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have transformed North Carolina, the special N.C. Policy Watch report released late in 2015.

The first shows how teacher pay in North Carolina has been falling further behind the national average.

Teacher pay 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second shows where the overwhelming majority of the massive tax cuts enacted by the Governor and the General Assembly in recent years have gone — i.e. the wealthiest North Carolinians.

Tax cut winners

2 Comments


  1. Melanie Meredith

    January 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    This is the second year I have had to PAY TAXES back to NC! It’s insane!

  2. Cara Myers

    January 30, 2016 at 7:01 am

    This graph is very accurate. As a NC public school teacher of 15 years, I have had more money taken out for taxes, but am making far less than ever before. After the “raise” last year when the state cut longevity pay, I made $139 less. (How’s that for a raise?) This year we have had to buy boxes of paper out of our own pocket just to run required things such as newsletters for parents weekly tests. I have purchased backpacks and clothes for students. One hears about the demand for quality teachers and raising the bar for our students. However, teachers are struggling just to take care of children in their charge and put food on the tables for their families. I have watched really good teachers leave the field over the past few years. We, as NC citizens, need to elect representatives that care about our children and teachers.

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