Teachers’ pay plan raises more issues

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The N.C. General Assembly’s convoluted process for coming up with teachers’ raises this year played out like an overextended game of Dirty Santa.

You know the Dirty Santa game. Everyone brings a wrapped gift to a party. Guests draw numbers to determine the order of gift selection.

The first guest picks a present and opens it. The next guest can choose another present to open, or he can claim the first guest’s present for his own.

That’s how the game plays out – back and forth – until all the guests have made their selections and they all go home with what’s left.

That feels more or less the way legislators finally negotiated a raise for teachers this year.

The N.C. Senate proposed an 11 percent pay increase and bunch of cuts, mainly to teachers’ assistants. The N.C. House opted for 5 percent and gambled on more lottery revenue. The swapping and bickering went back and forth until someone finally decided to go home with something like a 7 percent pay raise on average for North Carolina’s teachers.

We say “something like” because educators are still scratching their heads over the final results. The newer teachers appear to be helped most by the new budget, and that’s as it should be – starting pay for teachers in North Carolina had practically become a deterrent to entering the profession.

But after that, the picture grows considerably murkier. The legislature has redistributed the traditional “longevity bonus” for veteran teachers over the course of a year, rather than awarding it in a single lump sum. That sounds OK, but let’s not confuse that money with what is now being called a pay raise.

Local school districts, meanwhile, are trying to figure out how cuts in other areas of the education budget will affect the way they bus, feed and supply students in public schools. The answers to those questions aren’t very clear-cut, either.

Most games of Dirty Santa eventually come to a close, and each guest goes home with a gift of some kind. In the General Assembly’s case, it feels like the legislators left before teachers had a chance to figure out if they had received a worthy present or not.

’Tis not exactly a season to be jolly.


Proposed raise is an insult.

Before anyone comments, he/she should spend a day, week, month in a teacher's classroom. Spend that time following a teacher's schedule. This pay "raise" is an insult to teachers with experience. I don't understand why NC doesn't want the best educating its youth. I am not saying that every teacher with experience is the best but when good teachers are forced out of the profession due to misguided spending, tenure, lack of living wages, etc it shows very quickly what is valued and what is not. Teachers should not have to work two jobs or qualify for government assistance, but many do. NRMPS gets rid of experienced teachers to "balance the budget because experienced teachers make too much money". However NRMPS hires a PR person for $85,000/year. At least four NRMPS teachers have moved to Texas. NRMPS has become a joke due to this logic. The question is: How many more can NRMPS and the community afford to lose?

Agree to a point………………….

elpolloloco, you and I do not agree on much but in this case we have an agreement, NC teachers are woefully under paid. If you want the best you have to pay for the best!!!

Having taught part-time in the NC community college system I was woefully under paid for my experience and education. In both the K-12 and the community college systems, teachers and instructors are underpaid for the responsibilities and education requirements required of the profession.

Here is one thing you and I will disagree on, tenure!!! Have been a victim of tenured teachers I can say from experience that tenure is a determent to having good teachers in the class room. I had four teachers during my high school years that felt they could treat students as they saw fit because they had tenure!!! Yes, because of tenure they mistreated students and got away with it!!! As a result of the treatment by these four tenured teachers I dropped out of high school…..

Tenure in any form must be eradicated from our education systems, from K-12 through post-graduate systems. Principals and college management must have the authority to hire and fire the teacher and instructors within their respective organization. School boards and college trustees should be the only review required on the hiring and firing decisions of our school and university administrator!!!

All tenure does is give due

All tenure does is give due process. I like the due process aspect because it keeps some checks and balances with admin and teachers. I didn't get to even inquire about my release. Teachers with tenure can be fired. They can be fired immediately for violating the law and the process is longer with due process but usually less than a year. Principals and admin must document which they should anyway. I know there are quite a few bad educators that give the rest of us a bad name and it seems they are the ones protected. If the admin really wanted them out, they could but in such a small community it would cause problems, I'm sure. I have had bad teachers, but I have also had amazing teachers and those are the ones I choose to remember. I am sorry you had such a bad experience. My teachers did not have tenure but did have due process.

Teacher Raises

Oh complaining about the process are we? Oh we so sorry your sensibilities were offended. Can we offer you some cheese with that whine? Why don't you leftists, you nattering nabobs of negativity, complain about the results, which is what matters. If this teacher pay raise is so bad, then advocate that all teachers refuse them on principle. Take a stand. A Moral Monday stand.

Sausage and Laws

They say that sausage and laws are two things you don't want to watch "in the making".

It's been a hard journey to get from where they were to where they are but the republicans have succeeded in doing something to undo what the democrats have done over the last few years, that is put our teachers at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pay increases.

I say let's give the republicans credit for making the effort and accomplishing something good toward lifting our educators up.

Once they get over the trauma of the making, I'll bet there is not a single teacher that won't like the taste of this sausage.

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