N.C. teachers affected by budget

Professor Lisa Gross discusses recent North Carolina legislation with her curriculum and instruction class Monday. The state no longer requires schools to increase pay for teachers holding a master’s degree, prompting many education students to reconsider pursuing graduate school. Photo by Maggie Cozens  |  The Appalachian
The North Carolina General Assembly passed a budget in July that will have an impact on education across the state.

The new budget eliminates teacher aids and phases out higher pay for teachers with a master’s degree. Current teachers with a master’s degree will be grandfathered in, but students who attain a master’s during or after the 2014-2015 school year will not receive higher pay.  

Democrats in the General Assembly were against the budget, and some House Republicans “didn’t want some of the provisions on education – namely ending teacher tenure and phasing out extra teacher pay for advanced degrees – but voted for it anyway,” according to the News and Observer.

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