There are a few interesting education related nuggets from the proposed NCGA House Committee budget report.
First, Brian Balfour at Civitas notes the pay increases with regard to teachers:
Teacher salaries would see an average increase of 4.1 percent, helping move toward the goal of average teacher pay of $50k
- The bulk of the salary increases are focused on teachers with 10 to 14 years experience, with a 5% boost
- Teachers with less than five years experience would receive a $1,000 bonus; teachers with more than 25 years experience would get the $1k bonus along with a 2% raise
- Teachers with five to nine years would get 4.1 percent, teachers with 15-19 years would get 3.4 percent, and teachers with 20-24 years would get 3.2 percent
The Legislature continues to move the needle for teacher pay, but I am sure the NCAE and Progress Action’s various teacher protest groups will have a cow over this anyway.
Then there’s this interesting bit, which seemingly is supporting the College Board’s monopoly over curriculum and testing (#14, page F7):
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Teacher Bonuses
Provides funding to support a $50 bonus payment to teachers of record for students taking either Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and achieving a certain grade on AP or IB examinations. Bonuses shall be awarded to teachers of Advanced Placement courses for students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP exams and to teachers of IB Diploma Programme courses for students who score 4 or higher on IB exams.
This program is a recurring cost of a whopping $4,300,000.
Then there’s funding for Teach for America. Which has had their annual $6 million turned into a non-recurring cost. Does this signal that the legislature has wised up to this program’s high turn over rates and to it being politically motivated? We’ll see.
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) May 19, 2016