Excerpt From: PhilBerger.com.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) praised two outstanding North Carolina public school teachers who are receiving close to $8,000 each in state and local performance-based bonuses this year in remarks delivered business leaders, educators and education policymakers at BEST N.C.’s annual legislative gathering Tuesday evening.
Berger discussed the General Assembly’s efforts since 2013 to reform what was an outdated base pay scale for teachers and ensure they have far greater earnings potential over the course of their careers – efforts that have resulted in beginning teacher pay reaching an all-time high and average teacher pay climbing to $50,000 for the first time in state history. Berger reiterated the legislature’s public commitment, made in the last state budget, to raise average teacher pay to $55,000 over the next two years, and he said it is encouraging Gov. Roy Cooper has committed to partnering with lawmakers to continue increasing average teacher pay.