Education

6 options on NC teacher pay

25 percent plan

The state legislature voted last year to offer $500-a-year raises and four-year contracts for 25 percent of each district’s qualified teachers (they must have proficient job ratings and three years’ experience in the district). Teachers who accept must relinquish their tenure, which expires in 2018 for all teachers.

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‘Make them whole’

Several educator and advocacy groups have called for legislators to restore teachers to the salaries they’d be entitled to on the pay scale that was in place before pay freezes started in 2009. For instance, a fifth-year teacher now makes a state minimum of $30,800, the same as one with no experience. That would rise to $35,800, the fifth-year level before the freezes.

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Career ladder

CMS is a national pioneer in a push to create jobs that let effective classroom teachers earn significant raises for expanding their responsibilities. The “opportunity culture” approach that debuted in four schools this year will expand to 17 more next year.

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Vigdor plan

Jacob Vigdor, a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, outlined a reform plan to eliminate pay for advanced degrees, reduce the 12 percent raise granted for National Board certification, increase pay for early-career teachers, eliminate or reduce raises for teachers later in their career and revise the pension system.

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CarolinaCAN plan

The N.C. Campaign for Achievement Now, an advocacy group known as CarolinaCAN, has outlined a plan that combines many of the elements on the table: Increase teacher pay by 4 percent across the board in 2014; raise starting pay from $30,800 to $36,000 by 2016; revamp the pay scale to shift bigger raises to the earlier years; restore pay for advanced degrees that have a proven link to student achievement; create career pathway jobs and provide extra pay for teaching in hard-to-staff schools and subjects.

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GOP plan

Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders have announced a two-year plan to provide raises in the first 10 years of teachers’ career. The state minimum starting salary, currently $30,800, would rise to $35,000 by 2015-16.

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Ann Doss Helms

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