Teacher Pay http://wunc.org en Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-budget-stalemate-were-making-headway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with lawmakers. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 39578 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers http://wunc.org/post/houston-school-district-back-nc-looking-more-teachers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Houston Independent School District is looking to recruit more teachers from North Carolina.</p><p>Recruiters first visited in May, where they made 12 on-the-spot offers and later hired about 8 more teachers, according to Shaleah Reed, a spokesperson from HISD.</p><p>The district is offering $49,100 as a starting salary. North Carolina’s starting salary is among the lowest in the nation at $30,800.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:28:23 +0000 Reema Khrais 39511 at http://wunc.org Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal http://wunc.org/post/senate-budget-writers-make-concessions-come-closer-deal <p>Leaders in the state Senate have offered an eight percent pay raise for teachers as they inch closer to putting together a budget.<br /><br />Senate leaders unveiled their offer to House budget negotiators late Tuesday afternoon. Senators had previously wanted to give educators raises of 11 percent, but House leaders said such a large increase would require cutting too many other areas.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:11:32 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 39051 at http://wunc.org Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal The Downside For School Districts When Large Teacher Raises Are Enacted http://wunc.org/post/downside-school-districts-when-large-teacher-raises-are-enacted <p>State lawmakers still can’t come to an agreement over how large of a pay raise they want to give public school teachers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House leaders want to give teachers an average six percent raise, while Senate leaders want to give them about 11 percent. But the Senate plan would cut more than 6,000 teacher assistant jobs to help pay for that larger salary boost.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:40:26 +0000 Reema Khrais 38986 at http://wunc.org The Downside For School Districts When Large Teacher Raises Are Enacted Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-spend-least-another-week-state-budget <p>House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year.&nbsp;</p><p>They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants.&nbsp;</p><p>House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 38938 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map] http://wunc.org/post/why-teacher-pay-matters-even-if-you-are-not-teacher-interactive-map <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even the most informed citizens sometimes lose track of all the chatter that’s going on in the General Assembly. Fights between Republicans and Democrats, the Governor and fellow Republicans, teachers and legislators – at some point, for even the most insatiable news junkie, it devolves into just so much noise.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:08:58 +0000 Dave DeWitt & Keith Weston 38931 at http://wunc.org Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map] Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-agree-lottery-still-divided-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p>Republican lawmakers have been moving slowly on state budget negotiations. They finally reached a compromise Wednesday on how much revenue they will rely on from the state lottery. But that came after hours of finger-pointing and debate over other education issues, including teacher pay.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:35:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 38718 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet http://wunc.org/post/budget-writers-working-end-not-sight-yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Budget writers in the General Assembly are moving forward with their negotiations, but it's still not clear when they might finish putting together a spending plan adjustment for the fiscal year that has already begun.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 38641 at http://wunc.org Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet This Week At The NC General Assembly: Focusing On A Final Budget http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-general-assembly-focusing-final-budget <p></p><p>North Carolina lawmakers say they'll have a busy next few days hashing out differences in their state budget plans.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:38:44 +0000 Reema Khrais & Jorge Valencia 38521 at http://wunc.org This Week At The NC General Assembly: Focusing On A Final Budget Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting http://wunc.org/post/senate-house-agree-medicaid-spending-game-changing-budget-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>After weeks of almost no budget talks, state lawmakers finally agreed to break their deadlock. &nbsp;At a public conference committee meeting on Wednesday, they openly negotiated their adjustments to the two-year budget plan and seemingly resolved differences over Medicaid funding.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:06:42 +0000 Reema Khrais 38340 at http://wunc.org Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting