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N.C. lawmaker to propose bill excluding teacher pay from public records

EducationCourtesy of Ed NC’s Alex Granados, N.C. Rep. Paul Stam, a Republican from Wake County who served as one of the primary sponsors on yesterday’s highly controversial anti-LGBT bill, is expected to file legislation soon that includes a sweeping set of changes for teacher and administrator pay and certification.

The bill has not been filed yet, but Stam passed out a copy of its key points to members of the legislature’s Selection Committee on Education Strategy and Practices Thursday morning.

Based on Stam’s presentation, the bill would declare individual teacher pay to no longer be public record. With lawmakers expected to consider differentiated pay scales, Stam says it would curb jealousy among school teachers.

While the proposal does not mention public records exclusions on administrator pay, Stam indicated the legislation would limit administration severance packages to one year’s salary and bonus in order to place restrictions on ballooning administrator deals across the state.

The proposal would also open up teaching without a license to individuals with a master’s or doctorate degree in a certain content area.

Additionally, Stam’s bill speeds teacher certification for the spouses of active duty military personnel and axes the “break in service” designation that educators say can lead to lower salaries for teachers who move into administration.

More on this legislation as it develops.

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