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NC Senate offers big teacher raise for tenure loss

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Republican Senate leaders announce a big pay hike for North Carolina teachers but it comes at the cost of tenure.

"Under our plan, teachers who agree to work on annual contracts for the 2014-15 school year would move to the new pay scale and receive the substantial salary increase. Those who choose to keep tenure would remain on the current pay schedule." Senate Leader Phil Berger said. 

On Wednesday Berger announced a more than 10% raise for all North Carolina teachers. To get that huge raise, teachers will have to voluntarily give up tenure.
     
Giving up tenure rights would raise the state-supplied salary of a teacher with 5-years experience from almost $31,000 this year to $35,000 next year.

This is the Senate’s response to a Supreme Court ruling making it unconstitutional to strip teachers of their tenure.

$35,000 may seem like a significant increase from the current starting salary but as we learned earlier this week, it doesn't compare to what other states are offering. 

In a classified ad posted in the News and Observer, the Houston Independent School District announces a job fair they plan to hold in Raleigh this Saturday.

They're offering a significantly higher salary than those proposed in this year's senate budget, $46,805. Teachers say it sounds tempting.

"It sounds wonderful. You get to travel. Experience another country, why not?" Emily Klinedinst said. 
McCrory fired back on Wednesday saying he's the first governor in recent years to raise salaries. “I think North Carolina in the future will be competitive and this is the first administration in 5 or 6 years to take action in trying to help teachers so they can make it a career instead of a temporary stop over.”

Klinedinst is baffled by it all; she says lawmakers don't take teachers seriously. "You know when you've got Texas coming to Wake County to recruit, I think that speaks volumes. They know teachers are looking and willing to go and I’m afraid it's going to happen."

Houston's superintendent was once Guilford County’s superintendent and the North Carolina Teacher's association says they are not surprised he's recruiting teachers in North Carolina.

It’s worth noting the cost of living in Houston is 5% more than Raleigh, but they're offering 25% in pay.
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