Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore noted Monday that North Carolina’s teacher income is rising faster than any state in the country since 2014, according to available data.
Over the combined period of 2014, 2015 and 2016 budget years, North Carolina gave the largest percentage salary increase to teachers in the United States, according to the data currently available.
Speaker Moore released a statement:
“Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly have made historic strides in raising our educators’ income to compensate for their lagging pay last decade.”
“I am proud the North Carolina House has made this commitment and plans to continue raising teacher pay at a historic rate for our state.”
‘Data does support Moore’s claim – but only with the caveat that the data is incomplete.’
Under Republican leadership, North Carolina saw the single biggest improvement in teacher pay of any state in the country from 2013-2014, and the largest average gain in teacher pay over the same period according to data from the left-leaning National Education Association (NEA).
North Carolina Republicans provided an average 4.7% teacher pay raise in the 2016 state budget.
North Carolina has also seen the largest average gains in teacher pay in the country over that same time period, according to the data.
North Carolina Republicans raised starting teacher pay up to $35,000 in the 2015 state budget and provide a bonus to all teachers.
North Carolina Republicans provided a 7% pay raise to teachers in the 2014 state budget.