Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law this week Senate Bill 399, which allows retired teachers to return to work in “high needs” schools without financial penalty.
Educators can now earn $35,000 to $41,000 a year and continue to collect state pensions if reemployed to teach at a Title I school or one that has received a school performance grade of “D” or “F.”
The salaries will likely increase after Cooper and GOP lawmakers reach agreement on a state budget that includes pay raises for teachers.
Teachers who return to the classroom will be paid on the first step of the teacher salary scheduled.
If they teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) and special education courses, they would be paid on the sixth step of the salary schedule.
The bill had bipartisan support. Its primary sponsors included Sen. Rick Horner, (R-Nash), Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, (D-Wake County) and Senate leader Phil Berger, (R-Rockingham County).