Raising Teacher Pay the Top Budget Priority for State Board of Education
North Carolina Board of Education is recommending a serious commitment to improving teacher pay. They are creating budget priorities in six different areas of importance including recruiting and retaining teachers, the classroom, digital learning, and of course teacher pay. The budget requests are expensive, but the improvements are worth every cent, let's hope McCrory feels that way too.
The State Board of Education has created a list of six budget priorities it wants Gov. Pat McCrory to consider this year. At the top of the list: teacher salaries.
Instead, board members decided to focus on how North Carolina ranks against other states. They want North Carolina public schools to become No. 1 in the Southeast for teacher salaries. North Carolina is currently ranked 11th out of 12 states in the region, according to state education leaders.
The school board's top budget priorities total more than $200 million in extra funding requests, not including teacher raises, which have yet to be calculated. A 1 percent salary increase across the board, for example, would cost $50.1 million. This year, North Carolina public schools received more than $8.5 billion in funding from the state.