RALEIGH – Some new teacher pay rankings are out, and Democrats wasted no time in throwing shade at the Republican N.C. General Assembly for not showering teachers with more cash.
The state moved up a couple spots to 37th in the nation in teacher pay, while per pupil spending levels put the Old North State at 39th. That’s enough for the Democrats to again make a campaign issue out of those mean-spirited Republicans refusal to invest in education.
37th in teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending are not rankings we should celebrate or ignore.
Important note: “The state can’t take complete credit… many school districts supplement the state base salary. This year, the average local supplement was $4,337.” #ncpol #nced https://t.co/xrBoIZQpAN
— Dan Blue (@DanBlueNC) April 23, 2018
So while schools in the Northeast pay some teachers six-figure salaries to fill the kiddos brains with god knows what, North Carolina just wants to do away with teachers and education altogether. At least that’s what the Left would have you believe.
The facts about the progress made by Republicans on teacher pay over the last several years form a far different narrative, however.
— NC House Republicans (@NCHouseGOP) April 23, 2018
The salary for a teacher in North Carolina is higher on average now ($50,861) than the median HOUSEHOLD income in the state ($50,584). 2018 will mark the fifth year in a row of teacher raises, and over the last three years North Carolina has raised teacher pay faster than any other state in the country.
All that with cutting taxes, bulging savings reserves, and sporting multi-year revenue surpluses.
If Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Leftists had their way, teacher pay may indeed hit the national average, but it would be at the expense of Joe and Jane Public as the Democrats would break the bank and hike taxes driven by a mistaken belief that more dollars means better education.