It’s a long, long way from action on the N.C. General Assembly floor, but N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson today called for a 10 percent raise for all teachers in North Carolina.
“We need to get at the core reasons why teachers leave the classroom or go to another state,” said Atkinson.
It’s an important year for teacher raises, as many public education advocates point out recent pay increases passed on by GOP leadership in the legislature have brought the average teacher pay in North Carolina to just 42nd in the nation, with average pay of more than $47,000.
The national average exceeds $57,000, according to the National Education Association.
And, with 2016 being an election year, some leaders in the legislature have publicly stated their intentions for some sort of raises this year.
On Wednesday, Atkinson, addressing the House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices, called for a “wedding cake” approach to teacher pay.