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New teacher license, pay panel draft plan closer to current system

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(Photo credit: Joanne Johnson via Flickr)
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(Photo credit: Joanne Johnson via Flickr)

A panel charged with rethinking the way North Carolina’s teachers are licensed and paid has released a new draft plan that’s closer to the current system.

A spring proposal stirred controversy by eliminating raises based on experience and credentials. It substituted bigger bumps for teachers who could demonstrate effectiveness and take on new duties.

The new proposal still offers extra pay for effective teachers who take on leadership roles. But it also includes a 10% raise for master’s degrees or a 12% raise for National Board certification, plus a 1% annual raise for each year of experience.

In one example the panel gave, a teacher who now makes almost $57,000 a year would move up to almost $72,000.

Panel member Sam Houston said he’d like to see bigger raises, but noted that the actual amount will depend on state lawmakers.

“I could contend that these are still not high enough but certainly a significant improvement over what we’re dealing with at the present time,” he said,

The advisory group will vote later this year on a proposal to present to the state Board of Education.