Courts, revenues could alter NC legislature’s school agenda

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Submitted: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:50am
Updated: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:54am By:

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The public school agenda at the upcoming General Assembly session will almost certainly involve raising minimum salaries for teachers and considering what merit pay should look like in North Carolina.

Otherwise, the K-12 education agenda before the Legislature is largely up in the air heading into Wednesday, when lawmakers reconvene for this year’s work period.

Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders sound committed to completing a two-year plan to raise the floor for teacher pay from $30,800 to $35,000. It rose to $33,000 this year as part of a broader pay overhaul that benefited early-career teachers most. Other lawmakers would like to see more money for veteran teachers.

Senate leader Phil Berger has been talking up higher pay for high-performing teachers. McCrory offered a merit-pay plan last year.

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