Raleigh, NC –Today, Representative Larry Hall and Representative Rick Glazier responded to learning that the State Board of Education imposes an annual April 1st deadline for completing the requisite paperwork for a master’s pay supplement. The April 1st deadline means that an entire class of teachers graduating in May of 2014 would not be grandfathered in to the Master’s pay supplement. As a result, House Democrats are calling on Superintendent June Atkinson to request that the State Board of Education extend the deadline to June 30th, 2014.
“The Republican budget is devastating for public education in North Carolina. The Republicans wrote a budget that prioritized tax cuts for millionaires and out-of-state corporations over pay raises for teachers. To add insult to injury, they stripped away supplemental pay for teachers who earn their Master’s degree. What kind of message does it send to no longer provide incentive for teachers to challenge themselves and continue their professional education? We need to reverse this policy in the future, but today we need to ensure we limit its impact and protect as many educators as we can. We call on Superintendent Atkinson to request that the State Board of Education resolve this issue immediately. The State Board of Education should change the deadline from April 1st to June 30th so that we can protect the supplemental pay raise for the 2014 class,” said Democratic Leader Larry Hall (Durham)
“It wasn’t enough for the Republican Majority to implement bad policy – they wrote the policy so vaguely that now we face a potential unintended consequence that will pull the rug out from educators a couple of months before they graduate. These educators have been saving their money to pay for graduate school and putting in long hours at colleges and universities across this state. Many teachers have been doing this while also working full-time educating our students. All these educators believed when they enrolled that if they worked hard and graduated, our state would reward them with a small raise in exchange for their commitment to their own professional development. North Carolina must keep that promise, said Representative Rick Glazier (Cumberland)