Election year politics: GOP desperately tries to repair image with teachers

Not unlike an abusive husband bringing home a dozen roses:

Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders will propose Monday a higher minimum salary for North Carolina's least experienced public school teachers as part of a long-awaited proposal designed to improve morale and retention.

The plan, detailed in a document obtained by The Associated Press, would in part ensure all public school teachers make a base salary of at least $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and at least $35,000 the following year.

Another attempt to divide teachers, by giving entry-level educators a raise while the more experienced ones lose tenure and have to sign short-term contracts. This is not leadership, it's divide and conquer politics. And considering these new teachers will be drawing a bigger paycheck for a few months running up to the election, it might just work.

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They angered experienced teachers

New teachers will now make more than teachers with 1-6 years experience (1 teacher with 9 years experience says new teachers will make more than she will).

It's divide and conquer indeed. This will accelerate the NC teacher exodus.

Also, where did the money magically appear from? They claimed for months that there were no $ for teacher raises.

Pathetic.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

I think all teachers will make a minimum

The raise in teacher's salaries includes a minimum for all teachers from what I am reading. I can be corrected here of course.

The plan, detailed in a document obtained by The Associated Press, would in part ensure all public school teachers make a base salary of at least $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and at least $35,000 the following year.

This is from this link http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/09/4679294/apnewsbreak-gop-seeks-higher-nc.html

Interesting point

They say the raise is only for "beginning" teachers and yet they also talk about a minimum salary -- and the Twitterverse is alight with experienced teachers saying that new teachers will make more than they are making.

So some clarification would be good (not that we'll get that from Pat and the Tillisberger). Will starting salaries actually be raised beyond salaries of current teachers?

Regardless, the pay for all NC teachers is poor and embarrassing to the state.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Yes

North Carolina should be at minimum in the middle of the national average and probably should be higher especially considering the impact of the Research Triangle area. Embarrassing is the right word.

Common business tactic

Letting more experienced (and expensive) workers stagnate with wages or promotions - or just giving them layoffs - in order to hire younger workers at a lower salary is a common tactic in badly run companies with high turnover.

Perhaps the owner of Rose's gave them the idea.

What's coming next

  1. This gets NC's *starting* teacher salary somewhere near the middle of the pack, and the GOP will brag about that -- "we got us from #46, where the Democrats left us, up to the national average!".
  2. Just in time for the 2014 elections, McCrory makes a big splash announcement about how he's got Medicaid costs under control, and that's what's been the big limitation in the budget, so now there is money for...
  3. Raises for experienced teachers too! Just in time for the 2016 elections!

You heard it here first.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Oh, yeah

This is only part of an orchestrated election plan. Which leads me to believe they're not as confident in their gerrymandering as the numbers would dictate.

I don't know about that

I think it is kind of like when Duke has a 10-point advantage on Carolina with 3 minutes to go and coach K tells his team to make it a 20-point advantage just to make sure.

Republicans have at least a 10-point advantage because of gerrymandering and want to do whatever they can to get it to a 20-point advantage. Just in case.

Even if they boost all of the

Even if they boost all of the teacher salaries that were frozen at the first year level that still means that a teacher with zero years experience is making the same thing as a teacher with more years of experience than you can count on one hand. They will also be making almost the same amount that teachers with about ten years experience. Before anything else is done the cost of living step raises should be reinstated, and caught back up (phased in over several years) to where they should be had they not been frozen.

I'm a moderate Democrat.