NCAE Applauds the Governor for His Commitment to Public Education and All Educators
Today, Governor Cooper took another step forward in showing how important our students and all public school educators are to the state of North Carolina after revealing highlights of his upcoming proposed education budget.
“NCAE applauds Governor Cooper for his actions to appropriately pay all educators like the professionals they are, and for his commitment to raise salaries not only for beginning teachers, but for veteran educators as well,” said NCAE President Mark Jewell. “The average proposed increase for teachers is 9.1 percent over two years. The governor’s proposal will also restore additional pay for educators who hold a master’s degree in their instructional field. Ensuring that our educators are professionally compensated is one of NCAE’s top legislative priorities. Competitive salaries will help recruit and retain the best and most diverse educators to our schools, and will also advance the governor’s quest to make North Carolina the best state for public education in the Southeast within four years.”
Governor Cooper’s proposal also aligns with NCAE’ legislative priorities of providing safe, supportive learning environments for all students and educators. His plan also calls for a $3.9 billion school construction bond, which will provide a guaranteed funding stream to repair our crumbling schools and the construction of much-needed new ones. Also acknowledging that the health and well-being of our students are important factors in their academic success and development, the governor proposes investing in the hiring of additional school nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and school resource officers.
NCAE is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees, and represents active, retired, and student members.