Friday, July 07, 2006

N.C. lawmakers approve $18.9 billion budget

07-06-06 NCAE "HOTLINE" for Thursday, July 6, 2006

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NCAE “HOTLINE” for Thursday, July 6, 2006

The House and Senate passed the conference report for the state budget this afternoon on third reading. The House passed the budget bill on a vote of 82-31, while in the Senate the vote was 31-15.

Some of the highlights of the budget bill are as follows:
Teacher Salary Schedules

The budget provides all teachers with an additional salary increase of $2,250 per step. As a result of these step increases, teachers will receive on average an 8.23% pay increase in 2006-07. Salary increase ranges from 6.45% for teachers moving from 28 to 29 years of service to 14.05% for teachers moving from 2 to 3 years of service. Salary schedules will be posted on the web at early next week.

School Based Administrator Salary Schedules

The budget also provides assistant principals and principals with a recurring salary increase, which, when combined with a step increase provides on average a 7% overall pay increase in 2006-07. The proposed salary schedule can be found on the DPI web site at the following location: under “What’s New.”

Non-certified Personnel Salaries
The budget provides a salary increase of 5.5% and guarantees that no 12-month State paid non-certified employee will be paid less than $20,112 per year.

Bonuses for Certified Personnel at Top of Range
Provides one-time lump sum bonus of 2% to school based administrators at the top of their respective pay schedules.

Another victory for NCAE was the transfer of the North Carolina Teacher Academy to auspices of the State Board of Education. The transfer means the Teacher Academy will retain its autonomous, teacher-led board of trustees. NCAE would like to applaud Governor Mike Easley, for his continued leadership on getting North Carolina on track toward the “national average” in teacher salaries.

NCAE will post the Roll Call vote on the budget early next week. We would like to encourage our membership to send thank you emails to their member of the House or Senate for supporting a budget that really addresses the needs of recruiting and retaining teachers.

This is good news for our hard working teachers and state employees. A fellow educator

While surfing the net, I ran across this in Teacher Magazine and found it a striking reason why teacher's pay is important even if folks somehow play it down as a reason for leaving education. All I can say is that I had a similar experience during my student teaching and vowed never to teach...that was a decission I regret now as many of my fellow college and high school friends are reaching the time they can retire and I still have 9 more years. Katie...get a grip on reality. Do not fight the urge. Just do it! Read on...Katie from Tiny Nose. Big Heart. revels in her decision to leave teaching. But, much as she is enjoying her new life, teaching apparently hasn't entirely left her.

I miss having the identity and moment-to-moment thought processes of being a teacher. I find myself reading while at the gym and thinking, "Oh, I ought to share this passage with my students. It offers a perfect illlustration of literary allusion," or "Wow, this song contains great examples of well chosen adverbs." I definitely get a little bummed out when I think that I'll never get to share these tiny wonders with my very own students again.

Why is it always the good ones who leave?

Curiously, Katie finds her ability to remember dreams has returned. Like this one:

In my dream, I received a memo informing me and the rest of the school staff that teachers who did not drive HUMMERS or at least Lincoln Navigators were no longer allowed to park in the school parking lot.

Dreams. The stuff nightmares are made of.

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