North Carolina's new plan to raise teacher salary pays some teachers less than what they would have earned five years ago.
Yesterday North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, flanked by Republican leaders from the NC House and Senate, attempted to win back some of the political capital that's evaporated from his coffers over the past year with an olive branch extended to public school teachers in the first five years of their employment.
The new pay plan offers teachers with 0-5 years of experience a $2,200 pay increase beginning July 1 and a $2,000 increase in 2015, bringing the starting salary for teachers up to $35,000.
Sadly, though, teachers with five years of experience will end up making $380 less than what a teacher with five years of experience would have made in 2009*. That gap grows wider for teachers with 6-9 years of experience. But let's not get too caught up in the facts just yet.