State Politicians Reject Plan to Raise Teacher Wages
A much needed pay raise for North Carolina's teachers will not be happening as it should be. State politicians have decided that a 10% increase was too much and their budget should go instead to businesses and the wealthy. They claim to have a new plan coming, but how can anything get better when the needs of NC teachers are being pushed aside and appropriate pay raises are not being considered?
Speaker Tim Moore said that a 10 percent raise would not happen and that pay hikes were more likely going to be about 2 percent, if the Senate agrees. Republicans, even in a time of economic recovery, work on a tight budget because their priority is giving tax breaks to business and wealthy individuals, and they’re steering the state toward reliance on more sales and services taxes, which hit those of low and moderate incomes hardest.Too bad for teachers. And too bad for North Carolina families when a teacher shortage hits. Though Republicans claim their salary boosts for teachers (particularly beginning teachers) have raised the state to the hardly proud ranking of 32nd in the country in pay, the National Education Association puts the ranking for 2015 about 10 spots below that. The state is going to pay a price for that sooner or later, and probably sooner.