Gov. Cooper’s 2019-2020 proposed budget would give teachers a raise

North Carolina

Teachers in our state have been pushing for a raise for months, you may remember the teachers rally in Raleigh last summer.

Now, it seems, Raleigh is listening.

Governor Roy Cooper outlined his proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, in it, would be a raise for teachers.

Governor Cooper is calling for a 9.1% raise for teachers; he says that would put North Carolina number 1 in the Southeast when it comes to teacher pay.

Cooper said, “If we want to keep NC the best state to live and work, we have to be bold, we’ve gotten pay raises for teachers over the years but we are still 37 in the country and that isn’t good enough.”

His budget also calls for extra pay for teachers with their masters and money to improve school buildings across the state.

“We need classrooms with the right books and equipment and without shaky foundations, and unreliable heat and decades-old walls and ceilings.”

Cooper also addressed teachers having to pay substitutes out of their own pocket if they’re out of the classroom.

He said, “That should end, my budget ends it.”

This is all part of a $3.9 billion dollar plan which would put $2 billion into schools and $1 billion dollars split between the community college and university systems in North Carolina.

Gov. Cooper’s plan also provides experience-based raises for principals.

Principals would earn more money based on both experience and the size of their school.

Cooper’s budget also calls for good jobs and healthier communities as well as expanding Medicare in the state.

For more info on the budget, you can find it here.

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