Principal pay

State to use federal COVID- 19 money to avoid severe pay cuts for school principals

BY: - August 25, 2022

There’s good news for hundreds of North Carolina principals facing severe pay cuts of up to $18,000 due to changes to the state budget that ties salaries to one year of student test data instead of three. State Superintendent Catherine Truitt will introduce a plan at next week’s State Board of Education (SBE) meeting that  […]

Just hours after its release, key North Carolina committee approves $23.9 billion spending proposal

BY: - May 29, 2018

[Note: This post has been updated to include comments from Democrats’ Tuesday afternoon budget press conference.] Just hours after North Carolina Republicans released their $23.9 billion state budget, a key state House committee signed off on the spending proposal Tuesday afternoon over the objections of angry Democrats. Tuesday’s “up” or “down” vote on the budget […]

General Assembly bill: North Carolina schools should post “In God We Trust” in prominent location

BY: - May 17, 2018

North Carolina lawmakers began their “short” session this week with a flurry of filing activity, mostly centered on school safety but also delving into principal pay and whether or not schools should be forced to post the national motto, “In God We Trust,” on campus. The latter bill, filed Thursday by several House Republicans, is […]

Teacher raises, school support workers, infrastructure headline Gov. Cooper’s education budget

BY: - May 10, 2018

North Carolina teacher pay could reach the national average in four years if state lawmakers approved his newly-unveiled budget proposal, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said Thursday. Cooper, a Democrat, announced the details of his second proposed budget just days before more than 10,000 teachers are expected to rally in Raleigh, coinciding with the return of […]

Report: Will General Assembly fix principal pay plan?

BY: - April 19, 2018

Today’s North Carolina education must-read comes from the Public School Forum of N.C., a policy and research group in Raleigh. And its subject—principal pay and the apparent shortcomings in a recent state-led overhaul—should be of interest as legislators prepare to return to session in Raleigh next month. According to the report’s author, Lindsay Wagner, hundreds […]

Special sessions taking toll on House Democrats, taxpayers as they prepare for new battles

BY: - October 4, 2017

House Democrats are tired of coming to Raleigh for special sessions. “It’s very tough to come back here over and over again,” said House Minority Leader Darren Jackson, adding that it’s tough on their careers, families and taxpayers, who have to pay roughly $50,000 per day for lawmakers to meet. The North Carolina General Assembly […]

Details are scarce, but Senate Republicans tout big investments in teacher pay, K-12 funding

BY: - May 9, 2017

State Senate Republicans touted major investments in teacher and administrator pay, as well as overall public school funding, in a $22.9 billion budget proposal presented Tuesday afternoon. While details of the budget plan aren’t expected for release until late Tuesday, Senate GOP leaders announced the broad planks of their two-year spending package, which increases the […]

Senate Republicans move to address lagging school principal pay, infrastructure

BY: - March 9, 2017

Powerful Senate Republicans are moving to address a pair of looming issues for North Carolina public schools: principal pay and the state’s aging school facilities. Acknowledging well-covered troubles in both categories, a trio of GOP senators—Jerry Tillman, Ralph Hise and Harry Brown—filed draft legislation Thursday diverting millions in state lottery funds to both issues. Among […]

Gov. Cooper’s budget boosts educator pay, pre-K; phases out vouchers

BY: - March 1, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a $23.5 billion budget proposal Wednesday that includes sweeping investments in teacher pay, early childhood education, teacher scholarships and classroom support while, eventually, phasing out North Carolina’s controversial private school voucher program. “We are catching up with investments in education, all the way from birth through community colleges and universities,” Cooper […]

Editorial slams lagging principal pay in North Carolina

BY: - November 18, 2016

If you have the time, head over to WRAL for a new editorial lambasting North Carolina’s system of paying school principals, which has been under intense scrutiny in recent days. As Policy Watch reported last month, the state’s school administrator pay, which ranks a lowly 49th in the nation, is in the spotlight as a […]