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NC House to present budget proposal Tuesday

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The North Carolina House leadership will introduce its budget proposal on Tuesday at a news conference at 9 a.m.

Speaker Thom Tillis will be at the news conference, as will be Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Republican from Wake County.

The Senate has put forth its proposed budget, but that includes some controversial measures. The Senate wants to hike teacher pay but cut teacher assistants and tenure.

The Senate’s $468 million plan to address teacher concerns about pay but applying only to those teachers who give up tenure.

North Carolina teachers have struggled to get raises in recent years, and frustration over the issue has been a major part of the Moral Monday protests.

The issue has been a big one in a political year, one in which the Democrats are fighting hard to regain control of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The Senate plan would repeal the automatic loss of teacher tenure in 2018 and offer teachers a choice of whether to maintain that status, according to a news release from Berger's office. Teachers who move to annual contracts for 2014-15 would move to the new pay scale; those who choose to keep tenure would remain on the current pay scale.

The Senate plan also extends supplemental pay for teachers with master's degrees. Teacher pay has not risen at a state level since 2008 except for a 1.2 percent raise in 2012.

Gov. Pat McCrory made proposals to raise teacher pay before General Assembly began its short session. McCrory is proposing to raise starting teacher pay in North Carolina from $30,800 to $33,000.

North Carolina ranks 47th in the nation in average teacher pay.

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