For Many Teachers, Pay Still Below 2008 Levels Even After Raises
When Speaker Tillis and Senator Berger unveiled their teacher pay plan, they falsely claimed it was "the biggest raise in NC history." Now that claim has been debunked and folks are taking a closer look at the details behind their proposal. As the News and Record reports, even after the raises, many teachers will be making less than they would have under the 2008 pay schedule. From their article,
Another issue from teachers is that the proposed raises wouldn't fully restore the money they've lost since the height of the Great Recession.
I have to give credit to Mark Jewell - VP of the North Carolina Association of Educators and a Guilford County Schools employee - for noting this on his Facebook page. If you look at the state's salary scale from 2008-09 and compare it to the new one, teachers still won't take home as much money as they should have before the recession.
Here's a link to the 2007-08 salary schedule on the state Department of Public Instruction website. What you would see is that in some cases, teachers would have earned more money under that pay scale than they would earn at the same step on the current pay scale.
For example, a teacher at step 14 would or should have been paid a minimum of $40,750 in 2007-08. With the new raises, a teacher at step 14 on the pay scale would earn $40,000.
Given all the talk about the Carolina Comeback, we should at least bring teachers back to pre-recession pay levels. Instead this budget is just an attempt to get through the next election, not a serious proposal to improve the lives of teachers.