• Petitioned North Carolina Governor

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North Carolina Governor
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina State House

Preserve Master's pay for future generations of NC teachers.

    1. Bobby Padgett
    2. Petition by

      Bobby Padgett

      Gastonia, NC

NC teacher's have had their salaries frozen for 5 years, and budgets proposed by both legislative chambers intend to keep this going for another 2 years. With rising food and fuel prices along with teachers who purchase classroom materials from their own pockets this has put an economic strain on our families and ourselves. One way teachers have been able to increase their wages is through pursuing advanced degrees. This has had the added benefit of making teachers better practitioners in their classrooms. Some teachers have even taken student loans to fund their pursuit of additional pay and educational growth.

Now both chambers of the NC legislature have declared that any teacher who has not achieved this by 2014 is not worthy of additional compensation. This is a particular slap in the face to all NC educators who are in the middle of a master's program and cannot complete it by this arbitrary deadline.

I am asking both legislative chambers to strike down this provision when the budget goes to reconcilation, and barring that for Gov. McCrory to veto said legislation if it contains this draconian provision.

To:
North Carolina Governor
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina State House
Preserve Master's pay for future generations of NC teachers.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Cara Pollard ASHEVILLE, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      I just graduated with my Masters degree in Elementary Education. All teachers who choose to further their education should receive compensation.

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    • Courtney Willis SWANNANOA, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      I want to be the best teacher I can be. I want to receive as much education as possible. However, the loan I would have to take out (and making $2000 a month) would break me.

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    • Kim Sobat SOUTHERN PINES, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      How is fair teacher compensation NOT important to anyone? These are the folks we have deemed important enough to educate our children all day, 5 days a week. These are the folks who are giving our children the tools necessary to succeed in life. These are the folks who are continually attending training and educational seminars to keep up with our changing world and then pass this knowledge on to our children. These are the folks that start their days early in the morning and go until late at night grading papers and planning their lessons. A strong argument could be made that these are the folks that should be paid the HIGHEST professional salaries. This one is a no-brainer! Give those teachers what they've earned!

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    • Magen Pike PRINCETON, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      I'm a teacher!

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    • Laura Aberg LEXINGTON, NC
      • 2 months ago

      I am enrolled in a masters program which has expanded my depth of knowledge and has been enabling me to be an even better teacher; however, I will not complete the program by the cut-off date, so I have paid substantial money, lived with a frozen salary, and have no means for advancement to aid my family other than to leave the profession I love. There will be a breaking point once my children are in college, and I will not be able to afford to continue to not be paid what I am worth. After 12 years of dedicated service as a teacher, is it wrong to expect to be compensated for trying to go above and beyond and be the best teacher possible?

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