NC teachers making less than three years ago?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There is some concern over the North Carolina teacher pay scale showing teachers are making less in the 2011-2012 school year than the 2008-2009 school year.

"I think that is very unfortunate."  CMS Teacher Davina Connelly said.

Back in 2008 the state changed the pay scale to reflect teachers not getting a pay raise.

The change shows a teacher with 15 years of experience making $40,180 this year and back in 2008-2009 school year that same teacher made $41,760.

To the naked eye it looks like teachers' pay has decreased.

Some say that is not the case. Connelly wants a clear explanation.  She thinks this is not just teachers' problem but the community should be concerned too.

"Simply for the fact that we are servicing the community a great deal," Connelly said. "I feel like it's an injustice almost or disservice to decrease the pay when we work so hard for the community."

State lawmakers are looking at the numbers too. Republican State Senator Bob Rucho says this must be a misunderstanding and wants more answers before commenting.

Democratic State Senator Malcolm Graham says he hopes this is a mistake.

"One of the things we are committed to do in Raleigh," Graham said. "Is to make sure teachers get an honest day's pay for an honest day's work."

We have left word for NC Department of Public Instruction to give us an explanation about the new pay scale that shows a dip in pay.

While we wait for an answer Connelly says she will continue doing her job with the thought she is making less.

"It's a passion for me," Connelly said.  "It's either go hard or go home for me. It's excellence so I can feel good at the end of the day."