Governor Pat McCrory laid out his vision Wednesday night for building a stronger North Carolina. During his State of the State address, McCrory praised James Ford, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year for 2014, and pledged that his administration was committed to building an education system that will make North Carolina “a teaching destination, not a layover for our state’s best and brightest.”
The governor’s ideas included:
- Raising teacher base pay to $35,000.
- Eliminating unneeded testing by the next year so teachers can teach and students can learn.
- Bringing Wi-Fi to our classrooms and increase digital learning opportunities for both children and adults.
- Expediting teacher certification by recognizing an individual’s experience and subject expertise.
- Increasing the commercialization of university research.
Noticeably absent from the governor’s remarks – talk of increased pay for veteran teachers or plans to reestablish the NC Teaching Fellows program, as some legislators and educators have proposed.
To hear an excerpt of Governor McCrory’s speech, click below. You can read more about the State of the State here.