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North Carolina's 2016-17 state budget responsibly limited the growth rate of state spending, wisely padded the state's Rainy Day Fund, cut taxes further and continued one of the most aggressive trends of teacher pay increases in the nation.
North Carolina's 2016-17 state budget responsibly limited the growth rate of state spending, wisely padded the state's Rainy Day Fund, cut taxes further and continued one of the most aggressive trends of teacher pay increases in the nation.
Try something new? I'm all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career, or changing your government's public policy, it's often a good idea to proceed in stages.
In 2013, North Carolina stopped giving automatic pay raises to public school teachers who earn master's degrees
After Roy Cooper's campaign indicated he would have vetoed the bipartisan budget bill signed by Governor McCrory to raise teacher pay and cut taxes for the middle-class, The Pat McCrory Committee slammed Roy Cooper for putting partisan politics above teachers, families and students
Teachers across North Carolina applauded Governor McCrory for signing a new state budget that raises average teacher pay to over $50,000 plus benefits
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the final bipartisan state budget compromise with the House of Representatives and Governor Pat McCrory
Approximately 55 percent of North Carolina's $21.9 billion state budget is spent on education. About 70 percent of all money devoted to education is spent on K-12 education
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the Senate version of the state budget, which cuts taxes, controls the growth of government spending, bolsters the state's savings, and dramatically increases teacher pay.
Early Friday morning, the state Senate approved its version of the $22.2 billion General Fund budget, setting the stage for negotiations with the House on a spending plan that legislative leaders hope will be completed before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending.
If the NC Legislature wants to support rural communities and create and retain good jobs in North Carolina, it has to put funding our community colleges higher on its priority list
John Locke Foundation's Terry Stoops Assesses Gov. McCrory's 2016-17 Teacher Pay Plan...
New rankings of average teacher pay across all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that North Carolina teacher pay is increasing faster than any other state in the country
To mark National Teacher Appreciation Day, Governor McCrory today launched a petition urging North Carolinians to add their name to show their support of his plan to raise average teacher pay in North Carolina to $50,000 plus benefits
On a visit to his high school alma mater, Governor Pat McCrory announced his proposal to increase average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 for the first time in state history by providing an average 5 percent pay increase
In March, the National Education Association released its latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed No. 41-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be...
Governor Pat McCrory spoke with teachers from throughout the state today for a meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, a committee re-established in September 2013 to address the needs of North Carolina K-12 teachers and students.
Gov. Pat McCrory called on lawmakers to honor a promise to increase starting teacher salaries to $35,000 and included salary boosts for state troopers and corrections officers Thursday as he unveiled his $21.5 billion General Fund budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The taxpayers of North Carolina have historically made a tremendous commitment to education, and the next biennium will continue that legacy. More than 54 percent, or over $12 billion of our General Fund spending will be directed to education in each year of the biennium.
Accomplishments: High School graduation rates are at an all-time high. North Carolina's 2014 graduation rate of 83.9 percent is the highest recorded in the state's history...
Teacher pay. Medicaid. These are perhaps the two most contentious spending items in this year's state budget. But continuing to fly under the radar is taxpayer-funded television programming.
Legislators have raised teacher pay, set aside money for potential Medicaid cost overruns, and made a major positive change in the state budget process.
Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year's state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all public school teachers across North Carolina, rather than giving large raises to early-
News accounts of the recently-passed $21.1 billion General Fund budget focus primarily on the teacher pay raise provided by budget writers.
Our lawmakers have been embroiled in contentious debates about teacher pay and Medicaid, among other issues, as they struggle to revise our $21 billion state budget.
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
I presented Senate Bill - SB 788, to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
At this time, the budget is still under discussion at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate offered a compromise to the House of $171 million to be earmarked toward their top priorities of Medicaid and teacher assistants.
Senate budget negotiators will meet Wednesday morning in a public "conference committee" meeting to start ironing out differences between three fiscal plans: one proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and two passed by each legislative chamber. The question is whether House conferees will take part.
As the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) holds its "School's Out" rally, the Civitas Institute puts the spotlight on the gulf between teacher's salaries and NCAE executives' salaries.
"Logrolling" is a budgeting technique whereby each chamber negotiates with the other for inclusion of specific line items in the final spending plan.
It has been said, "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session." That should be the guiding principle for all legislative sessions: convene, get the work done and go home. I think 2014's short session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be quick and to...
Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History North Carolina's state Senate last night released its proposed changes to the second year of the 2013-15 biennial budget.
If you like your teacher tenure plan, you can keep your teacher tenure plan, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, told educators at a Wednesday press conference. Just don't expect a pay raise.
A survey of nearly 900 academic studies from the past quarter-century shows North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on education reform in recent years. That's a key conclusion from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
One of the unique characteristics of education funding in North Carolina is the fact that a relatively high percentage of revenue comes from state sources. According to National Education Association estimates for the 2013-14 school year, the national average share of state revenue for public...
Teacher and state employee pay raises, increased environmental protection and continued operational reforms are given high priority in Governor Pat McCrory's short session recommended budget.
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