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Charlotte-area legislators, dean will study N.C. teacher pay

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    State Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg
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    State Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg.
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    Ellen McIntyre, dean of UNC Charlotte College of Education.
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    State Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union County.

Three Charlotte-area legislators and Ellen McIntyre, dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Education, have been named to a task force to advise N.C. lawmakers on teacher pay.

The 2013-14 budget, which included controversial changes in teacher compensation, created an 18-member task force to study incentives to recruit and keep effective educators, including a possible performance-pay system. The group will report back to the General Assembly no later than April 15.

House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, appointed his nine members this week. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will appoint another nine.

State Rep. Rob Bryan, a Mecklenburg Republican and attorney, will co-chair the task force, along with a leader appointed by Berger. Bryan is a first-term legislator who serves on the House education committee.

Tricia Cotham, a Democrat, was a teacher and administrator with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, most recently at East Mecklenburg High, before becoming a state representative in 2007.

State Rep. Craig Horn, a Weddington Republican, represents Union County and serves on the education committee.

Tillis also appointed Rep. George Graham, a Democrat from Kinston, and five other people with education expertise: McIntyre from UNCC; Rebecca Garland, chief academic officer for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction; Timothy Barnsback, president of the Professional Educators of North Carolina; teacher Richard Nixon and principal Michael Putney, both recommended by the N.C. Association of Educators.

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