Teachers Still Have Questions About Governor's Raise Proposal
CHARLOTTE, NC - Education advocates like Pamela Grundy say the Governor's plan is a step in the right direction.
"Obviously they're responding to a lot of outcry both from teachers and people who care about teachers," Grundy says.
There are still questions, though, about when the proposed two percent teacher raise could go into effect and how to pay for it.
"Clearly until they find the money it's just words and paper," Grundy says.
"They tell us grandiose things. And until they put it in ink, I don't believe a word they say," says Independence High School teacher Charles Smith.
Smith says he's worried North Carolina has already fallen too far behind--both in keeping good teachers and recruiting them.
"We have new teachers that can't afford to eat. We have teachers whose children are on Medicaid. We've got teachers whose families are on food stamps," Smith says.
CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says to keep good teachers, it's essential this pay raise goes into effect next school year.
"People, too, often speak to the servant leadership of teachers, and they talk about how noble it is... but at the end of the day it is a job," Morrison says.
He hopes the Governor's proposal will jumpstart the conversation in Raleigh for more education funding.
"When we're seeing the loss of teachers who don't want to leave but they're having to leave because of salary, that is not enough, but it is a positive step in the right direction," Morrison says.
The Superintendent says he will continue to push County Commissioners to add to that proposed two percent.