That’s the pay increase state workers and most teachers can expect this fiscal year. Budget negotiators ended the suspense Wednesday in announcing the one-time bonuses. (Starting teachers can expect to earn $35,000 annually.)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson now wants lawmakers to finish the rest of the budget so public school districts know how much money they will have for personnel, textbooks and digital resources.
“This is a big year of faith…faith that the General Assembly will come through with adequate resources,” said Atkinson.
“Most of the schools are moving forward as if they have a budget. They have no other option since we have nearly 1.6 million children in our schools and we have about 17,000 new students to join North Carolina’s public school records.”
Dr. Atkinson joins Chris Fitzsimon on News & Views this weekend to talk about the impact of the latest budget delay, the need for continued investments in professional development, and the challenges of teacher recruitment and retention.
On Thursday the NC House and Senate passed a third continuing resolution, giving themselves until September 18th to work out spending priorities in the $21.74 billion state budget.