The state’s nearly two-month overdue budget glacially neared completion Wednesday as the legislature reached an agreement on teacher pay.
Teachers across the state will receive a one-time $750 bonus this year as opposed to the House’s original plan to give all teachers a 2 percent raise, according to documents provided by Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, to the (Raleigh) News & Observer.
Salaries for teachers with less than five years' experience will be increased to $35,000, a benchmark previously set in 2014 as part of a teacher raise. On average, all teachers received a 7 percent raise — though much of it was concentrated on teachers with less than 10 years experience.
Mollie Young, spokeswoman for House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, confirmed the entry-level pay increase and the bonus for teachers and other state employees. Young also said the House and Senate leaders are still negotiating a formal raise in year two of the budget.
Republicans touted the 2014 law as one of the largest teacher raises in North Carolina’s history, and the claim featured prominently in then-House Speaker Thom Tillis’ successful U.S. Senate campaign.