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CMS asks for contract moratorium
Resolution calls for delay in limited teacher deals
 
Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:06 am
by Herbert L. White

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board wants North Carolina to delay a law restricting four-year contracts to teachers.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg's school board passed a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to delay a law that limits four-year contract offers to 25 percent of qualified teachers.

The board approved a resolution on March 11 asking for a one-year moratorium on a law that allows districts to offer four-year contracts to only 25 percent of teachers with at least three or experience and proficient job performance rating. 

Most of CMS’s teachers meet both criteria.

CMS also wants the state to allow districts to create their own compensation plans for teachers.

“This resolution sends a respectful and clear message to our legislators about the needs of CMS and other districts, while allowing us to continue our collaborative dialogue with our lawmakers,” school board Chair Mary McCray said. “It also emphasizes the importance of making sure our teachers know that their work is highly valued.”

The resolution also asks the General Assembly to approve teacher raises in the short session and reinstate the advanced-degree salary supplements for all teachers.

North Carolina is ranked 46th in the nation in teacher salaries, a steep decline since the turn of the century. 

“Since 2001-02, the average teacher salary in North Carolina has decreased 15.7 percent after adjusting for inflation, a 10-year change that ranks 51st in the nation,” the resolution notes. “North Carolina teacher salary levels are currently lower than all of its neighboring states.”

 “I am very proud that our Board of Education has passed this resolution,” CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said. “It is certainly a respectful and clear request to our elected representatives that we share their concern and interest in improving education but we want time to identify the best way to do this. By approaching the issue with a solution-oriented resolution, we are able to continue our advocacy with state legislators on behalf of our teachers and other employees in a collaborative way.”

The resolution asks the legislature to provide sufficient salary increases to raise starting teacher pay and make the state more competitive in teacher recruitment and retention. The one-year delay and money set aside to provide $500 annual increases to teachers who sign a four-year contract should be used to allow districts to develop their own compensation structures.  

 

 

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