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Report: NC teachers among lowest paid in nation

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

North Carolina teachers are among the lowest paid in the country.

A report released this week shows the slump.

North Carolina teacher pay ranks 46th in the country, only ranking above Mississippi and West Virginia in the southeast.  
     
On average, North Carolina public school teachers make just under $46,000, more than $10,000 less than the national average.
     
Just five years ago, the state ranked 26th.
     
The main cause? The great recession. The 2008 dip led to pay freezes.
     
9 On Your Side talked to State Superintendent June Atkinson today, who says the state General Assembly needs to step in.

"If we don't pay attention to the person who makes the biggest difference in the lives of student learning, the teacher, then we are going to suffer," said Atkinson. "We have to address the needs of our teachers when it comes to valuing them through a decent salary."

During his campaign, Governor Pat McCrory promised to change the way teachers are paid so they are rewarded for performance over experience.

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