RALEIGH: Cooper says better NC teacher pay plan needed - WRBL

Cooper says better NC teacher pay plan needed

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Attorney General Roy Cooper joined fellow Democratic leaders in the legislature Tuesday in calling on Republicans to come up with a plan to raise public school teacher salaries in North Carolina to the national average in the next few years.

Cooper's written comments, released on the eve of this year's General Assembly session, are significant because he's assembling a run for governor in 2016 and has been critical of the policy agenda pushed by the GOP and Gov. Pat McCrory.

The governor announced a teacher plan proposal last week that would raise veteran teacher salaries on average by about 2 percent and envisions a new pay schedule that would raise pay more quickly, retain bonuses and reward the best performing teachers over time.

In a veiled reference to McCrory's proposal, Cooper said the state doesn't need "Band-Aid solutions, one-time bonuses and pilot programs" that may take years to raise pay for some teachers.

"It's time to demand action from the governor and the legislature, not just talk," Cooper said in an email to supporters urging them to sign a petition.

Cooper's statement mirrored the message of House Minority Leader Larry Hall, D-Durham, and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Hall said there is a teacher pay "crisis" and called the average 2 percent pay raise offered by McCrory for next year "pitiful."

North Carolina's average teacher pay of $45,737 during the 2012-13 school year ranks 46th among the state and District of Columbia.

"This is an emergency. We need significant pay raises now for our teachers," Hall said. "We need our best and brightest teachers to stay now. We need a dedicated plan that reaches that goal."

Blue, Hall or Cooper didn't provide a method to find the revenues to reach the goal.

Hall said he wasn't calling on colleagues to roll back tax rate reductions passed by Republicans last year, although he and Blue criticized Republicans for passing the tax changes they say benefit the wealthiest. Hall said McCrory and legislative leaders need to work together and make the national average goal a priority.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • NC flags lowered on day of Fulghum service

    NC flags lowered on day of Fulghum service

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:11:02 GMT
    A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades.
    A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades.
  • NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:46:55 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue.
    Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue.
  • State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:10:06 GMT

    The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.

    The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:27:25 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.