Tar-Heel Education: The $4.16 Per Day Pay Raise
Well... I guess North Carolina Governor Mike Easley's heart is in the right place:
North Carolina's average teacher salary is $45,149, which is $3,814 below the national average. Using a room full of teachers and students at a Raleigh elementary school as a backdrop, Easley said the state aimed to raise the state's average teacher salary to $52,266 a year by 2008. That would be about $60 more than what is projected to be the national average that year.Of course, the governor is promising those 5% annual raises for future years.
To start, all teachers will get a $750 annual pay increase for the current school year that will begin showing up in their November paychecks.
North Carolina budgets are written in two-year cycles, and Easley said the budget outline shows there should be enough money to pay for the 5 percent increase next year.
The prospects for the 5 percent raises required in the 2007 and 2008 school years are less certain.
Although Easley will remain governor until 2008, all legislators must run for re-election in 2006. A significant shift in the legislature's makeup could make it harder to make good on the promised salary increases.
Meanwhile, what about this year? Let's see... if there are 180 teaching days in a year, and a teacher receives a whopping $750 pay hike for this year, that works out to... $4.16 per day. Less taxes.
Y'all don't spend all that new-found wealth in one place!