Will Gov. McCrory Listen to His “Mentor,” Jim Hunt, And Commit to Raising Teacher Salaries to The National Average?
RALEIGH—As Gov. Pat McCrory prepares for a news conference this morning to lay out his legislative agenda, advocates for public education want to know: Will McCrory listen to his “mentor,” former Gov. Jim Hunt, and announce a plan to raise teacher salaries to the national average in four years?
Since Gov. Hunt called for raising teacher salaries to the national average in an op-ed two weeks ago, North Carolina has been abuzz. Editorials, columns, letters and two large petition drives have started to push for Hunt’s reasonable goal. McCrory underscored Gov. Hunt’s credibility and leadership last week when he called Hunt his “hero,” “mentor,” and “great adviser.”
“After signing a state budget which cuts public education, Gov. McCrory in an election year is now changing his tune and signaling a teacher pay raise,” said Gerrick Brenner of Progress NC. “The question now is after cutting public schools and supplemental pay for teachers, will McCrory offer up a miserly one-time raise to get past the next election? Or will McCrory follow his ‘mentor’s’ advice and put forth a multi-year plan to get teacher pay to the national average and make North Carolina’s teacher pay competitive with other states? We hope Gov. McCrory listens to his ‘mentor’ and ‘great advisor,’ Gov. Hunt.”
Gov. McCrory should provide some answers at today’s news conference.