WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 0.3% Teacher Raises -- Not the Right Answer
"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a whopping $21.1 billion budget last week.
You would think that would be enough to take care of all the state's business.
Issue number one this year - teacher raises.
After much debate and compromise - a well-deserved pay hike will happen for your child's teacher.
Some will receive an 18-percent raise...others a 7-percent raise....
But many will see just a measly POINT THREE percent raise.
Really? Zero Point Three Percent?
State leaders say veteran teachers with nearly 30 years in the classroom have simply capped out,
and can't get a bigger raise, no matter how well they've performed.
We think this opens the door for our more experienced and effective teachers to leave the job.
That's a sight our state may not want to see.
And something our students cannot afford to see.
To our politicians: "job well done" for making sure teachers get a raise.
But we also implore you to go back to the drawing board: figure out a way to leave no teacher behind when it comes to pay.
If you agree, keep the pressure on our state leaders.
Write them, tweet them.
Let them know they're not done with their assignment regarding teacher pay.
We believe ALL teachers matter.
Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com.