Increasing teacher pay has always been one of Rep. Scott Stone’s top priorities as a legislator.
“One of the reasons I ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives was because I wanted to help North Carolina’s K-12 educational system become one of the best in the country,” said Rep. Stone. “We still have work to do, but we have made great progress.”
As a member of the House K-12 Committee, he will continue to fight for policies which help our students, and investments which support our vital teachers. As a CMS parent – his youngest daughter will graduate from Ardrey Kell in a few weeks – he is committed to being an advocate for our public schools.
NC Teachers Are Getting a 6.1% Raise Next Year
In a few weeks Rep. Stone will keep his promise to North Carolina teachers by voting for the planned budget in the upcoming Short Session of the General Assembly. While there is a planned “teacher work day” on Wednesday, May 16th on the opening day of the legislative session, teachers should rest assured knowing that there is a 6.1% salary increase already planned for the 2018-19 school year. House and Senate Republican leadership has already confirmed their commitment to these planned raises.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers…
Since Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011, there has been considerable investment in education. Based on the projected budget for 2018-19, we are forecasting a total investment of $9.425 billion in K-12 education. This is an increase of $2.142 billion since 2011.
A few key statistics about funding:
– Almost 40% of our state budget goes to K-12 education.
– 63.1% of a NC school district’s budget comes from the state – only 25.8% comes from the local government. This is a high number as the national average is only 45.8%. We are 10th in nation in terms of percentage of funding coming from state.
– The average teacher salary in North Carolina in 2018-19 will be $53,600.
– The median teacher salary in the U.S. by state is $54,846.
– Since 2013, North Carolina teachers have seen an average pay raise of $8,600 or 19%.
– Because of how we changed the “step” increases for most experienced teachers – by getting them higher salaries more quickly – the lifetime earning potential of a North Carolina teacher since 2013 will increase by $233,000.
– 44,647 teachers have received a pay raise of at least $10,000 since Republicans took control of General Assembly.
– In 2011 under Democratic control North Carolina was ranked 45th in nation in teacher pay.
With the projected average salary of $53,600 in 2018-19, and compared to the 2018 National Education Assocation estimates for states, North Carolina could get to as high as 28th in national rankings.
Some of the protest organizers from the NCAE will compare North Carolina to Oklahoma and West Virginia, where teacher demonstrations led to pay increases. Here is the difference:
– Oklahoma was 50th in the US in teacher pay with ’16 to ’17 salaries staying flat, and ’18 projected to be less than 1% increase.
– West Virginia was 49th with a slight decrease from ’16 to ’17 and only 0.2% projected increase for ‘18.
– NC had the 2nd fastest salary growth from ’16 to ’17 and #1 in salary growth from ’15 to ‘16.
– NC ’18 – ’19 salaries will increase again by another 6%
We are not Oklahoma or West Virginia. We don’t need protests to force us to make investments in teacher pay. We have already done it and are continuing to do it. We made the commitment willingly and will continue to honor our commitment to our teachers.
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