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CMS' request concerning teacher pay could get heard in Raleigh

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district's request regarding teacher pay could be heard Tuesday during a one day session of the General Assembly.

CMS sent legislators a letter asking all teachers currently pursuing a Master's degree get a 10% bump in pay once they are finished.  This past session lawmakers approved a law that mandated teachers must complete their advanced degree program by the end of the 2013-2014 school year if they want the increase in pay.

CMS claims that is unfair.  The letter states teachers "deserve to be treated fairly and with equal respect, not segregated by an arbitrary deadline that one some can meet."

State Senator Malcolm Graham told WBTV this matter could be discussed

"Hopefully if someone brings this forward," Graham said. "To make sure teachers are included in the expansion of this, I would certainly support that."

Graham believes grandfathering teachers already in programs is the right thing to do.

"We've got to make sure that teachers get the pay that they need," Graham said. "They have earned it. They have enrolled in the program and any rollback at this type of legislation is not in the best interest of the students and teachers."

CMS School board member Dr. Joyce Waddell says teachers are concerned about this new law.

"Absolutely," Waddell said. "I'm getting at least 10 e-mails a day concerning this. Teachers are very concerned because of the investment that they have put there - the expectations."

Waddell believes CMS sending a letter could change lawmakers' minds.

"CMS is the second largest district," Waddell said. "And when you get other large urban districts to really step forward and speak up, they {lawmakers} tend to listen and it makes a difference."

State Board of Education will also meet soon to determine if it can do anything to help teachers get an extension on getting paid for an advanced degree.

Click here to read the letter CMS sent to lawmakers.

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