Before heaping too much praise on the governor and the General Assembly for finally passing the 2014-15 state budget last week, there are some hidden facts that most North Carolina citizens are unaware of. Most of the public reading the headlines “North Carolina Teachers Receive 7 percent pay increase,” are thinking, “Great! The teachers deserve it.” However the headlines are very misleading.
Here’s what actually transpired last week.
Beginning teachers will see a 14 percent increase over the next two years. Starting salaries go from $30,000 to $32,000 this year with an additional $2,200 the following year. Salary increases will now be given every five years for all teachers. Educators with 6 to 10 years of experience will also receive sizeable gains in their pay.