Teacher Pay


North Carolina paid out almost $35 million in teacher performance bonuses this year. On Thursday the state Board of Education looked at data to figure out whether the state is getting its money's worth.

CMS budget packet
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved a 2019-20 budget Tuesday that includes teacher raises averaging 3%. The vote came more than halfway through the fiscal year, delayed by the deadlock between the state’s Democratic governor and Republican-led General Assembly.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina's chief lobbying group for teachers is seeking additional input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate, with a walkout among potential options, the group's president said Thursday.

When it comes to the state budget stalemate, Republicans and Democrats have been blaming each other – especially when it comes to teacher pay. 

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget, saying, for one, it didn’t do enough for teachers. Democratic State Sen. Jeff Jackson of Charlotte waded into the subject this month, tweeting, "We need to raise North Carolina teacher pay to at least the national average – which is where it was back when I was in public school.”

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 9,000 teachers will get raises averaging 3%, based on a Friday school board vote that taps state money for experience-based hikes and county money to boost the local supplement.

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Teachers in many schools across North Carolina staged protests Wednesday morning outside their schools in response to deadlocked negotiations between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper over educator pay raises.

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Twelve weeks into the school year and still without a raise, teachers plan to picket outside some North Carolina schools Wednesday. 

They're not talking about walk-outs or strikes, but a less disruptive type of demonstration called "walk-ins."

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About a dozen Charlotte educators and Democratic state lawmakers gathered Friday to voice support for Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that he says offers inadequate teacher raises.


Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed bills proposing pay raises for North Carolina teachers Friday, calling them “paltry.”

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The North Carolina General Assembly approved 3.9% pay raises for teachers and 2% raises for non-instructional staff Thursday, both increases over the next two years and retroactive to July 1.

The bill must still be signed by Gov. Roy Cooper to take effect.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators offered fresh carrots Wednesday for Democrats to join them in ending a four-month budget stalemate through even higher raises for public educators and staff should Gov. Roy Cooper's budget bill veto get overridden.

Gov. Roy Cooper (left) and Sen. Phil Berger

Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame each other for the lack of North Carolina teacher raises.

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If you’ve followed the news about North Carolina teacher pay over the last few months you might think educators are feeling a bit better about their paychecks as schools open.

You’d be wrong. They’ve been promised raises, but so far they haven’t gotten a penny of extra pay.

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Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to gather in Raleigh on Wednesday for a march to press their demands for more state funding for teacher pay and other improvements.  

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Slightly fewer North Carolina teachers left the profession in the 2017-2018 school year, according to the annual state report on turnover. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are seeing similar results. The report will be presented to state board of education members on Wednesday.

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Mecklenburg County homeowners could be hit with their first property tax increase in five years if the $1.7 billion budget that County Manager Dena Diorio presented to county commissioners Tuesday is approved. 

Marchers on Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh Wednesday headed toward the state legislature.
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Thousands of educators from across North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the state capitol in Raleigh to join the March for Students and Rally for Respect. Their message about the need for better pay and increased school funding was loud and clear. The response from Republican legislative leaders was a promise of more raises - but also a campaign to correct what they call misinformation about their efforts.


Iredell-Statesville Schools is joining CMS and other school districts in the decision to make May 16 an optional teacher workday, the district said in a statement. Schools are closing in anticipation for teacher protests that will occur in Raleigh the same day.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a new law that closes loopholes in the state's Freedom of Information Act. Meanwhile, the North Carolina House of Representatives remains on track toward getting its state budget bill approved by the end of the week. And, a North Carolina elections worker has been indicted on charges she altered the voter registrations of roughly 250 convicted felons. Here are some of WFAE's afternoon headlines.

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Gov. Roy Cooper proposed average pay raises of 5 percent for teachers this year and next year in his upcoming budget. He made the announcement Monday at Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, surrounded by teachers.

Gov. Cooper says the two-year teacher pay raise will cost the state $813 million and he says taxes would not be raised to make it happen.