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NC Teachers Find New Pay Plan Confusing

New NC Pay Plan Leaves Teachers' Heads Spinning

The new salary schedule in North Carolina is making teachers' heads spin as they try to figure out how much they will make this year. Joe Barley-Maloney, a U.S. history teacher at Southeast Raleigh Magnet School, has taught for 39 years, and was aggravated when he learned the teacher salary schedule would level off at $50,000 a year for those with 25 years of experience or more. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, the new salary schedule was the topic of conversation at a staff meeting, as teachers tried to figure out the new system. The new pay plan, according to the article, dumps the old salary schedule's 37 steps and replaces it with six pay levels. The percentage increases range from 18.5 percent for teachers with five to six years of experience to .29 percent for teachers with 30 years experience. 

"Some people are getting minimal raises and then the beginning teachers are getting great raises," said Jasmine Lauer, a 10th grade English teacher at Sanderson High School. Lauer has been teaching for 16 years and her salary will include bumps for her master's degree and National Board Certification. Lauer said legislators "could have done much better by us. They also could have done much worse."

"Most everyone is unhappy across the board even though the beginning teachers feel, like, 'Yay, we're going to make more money.' They also feel it's an unfair kind of raise."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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