Editorial: Hurting Veteran Teachers is Unacceptable
It's an election year, so that means more boastful promises about teacher pay from politicians in Raleigh. However, as we get more details of the proposal, once again it's clear that veteran educators are being left behind. It's clear politicians like Gov. McCrory have no interest in supporting experienced teachers, or helping those who want to make teaching a career.
The General Assembly is leaning toward pay raises on a scale, depending on the number of years a teacher has worked in the field. Not only that, legislators are also leaning toward following a similar formula from last year. Last year's pay raises gave the bulk of the money to newer teachers and raised the base salary for incoming teachers.
Here's the catch: veteran teachers saw little if anything added to their paychecks. That is a disappointment.
Veteran teachers are the ones with a wealth of knowledge in the field. No business or organization could fully function without a little bit of institutional knowledge, and by refusing these teachers a raise, the state is essentially spitting in the face of decades of service.
When Gov. McCrory touts his plan for pay raises this year, stop and ask what the flip side of that is. When he praises his plan to push teacher salaries up to $50,000 remember that it is a $50,000 cap.
The state's oldest teachers have remained devoted to educating North Carolina's students who will largely comprise the future of our state, yet are being neglected by politicians in Raleigh. As the debate over improving teacher salaries progresses it is imperative that Governor McCrory be inclusive to the state's veteran teachers.