Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2019-2021 State budget seeks 9.1% increase in teacher pay

 RALEIGH N.C- North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper detailed in his proposed 2019-2021 education budget a focus on an increase in teacher pay. Teachers would expect to see an average increase of 9.1% over the next two years.  

The increase comes after the North Carolina Association of Educators held the March for Students and Rally for Respect, the largest political rally of teachers in the state’s history in Raleigh. An estimated 19,000 teachers and educators alike marched and protested an increase of teacher pay within the state’s budget. 

As reported by WRAL, Gov.Roy Cooper said on the matter “Do we continue corporate tax reductions? Personal income tax reductions? Or are we going to say we’ve done enough, it’s time now to truly invest in education? Don’t cut the corporate tax again. Instead, raise teacher pay.” 

The proposed budget details “Raising Teacher Pay to Best in the Southeast” by investing 210 Million in the 19-20 fiscal year and 390 Million in the 20-21 fiscal year to teachers and administrators. By doing this, the state hopes to “to reach the highest average salary in the Southeast by 2023”. 

The budget is still in the process of being approved by The North Carolina General Assembly.