School District Superintendent Calls for Raises for All Teachers

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The Superintendent of Gaston County Schools is calling Governor McCrory and the legislature to find the money for pay raises for both new and veteran teachers during the current General Assembly session. After a pay raise last year that left most veteran teachers out in the cold, districts across the state are pleading with politicians in Raleigh to give support to veteran teachers in NC.

From the Gaston Gazette article,

“Increasing the base pay for beginning teachers is important if we are going to attract the best teachers for our classrooms.  Equally important is working to increase salaries for all teachers.  All teachers — from the ones with a few years of experience in education to our veteran educators who have given their lives to the profession — deserve and need a pay increase.” 

In Gaston County, Booker said, the district is working to increase the local supplement paid to teachers.

 Wi-Fi? Check

Gaston County is ahead of the game when it comes to wireless Internet access. Every public school in the county has Wi-Fi. But by itself, Booker says, the access isn’t enough.

“What we need now is adequate funding for technology so that our students and teachers have the latest computers and other digital learning tools in the classroom,” he said.


  1. Fred Walker's avatar
    Fred Walker
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    It would be nice if teachers could have a raise along with every other State employee and every Citizen of NC. Paying for that raise is the problem. Many if not most of the Citizens of NC have not had a raise in 5 years or more! You can't complain about taxes and increase the cost of government in the same breath. There are no free lunches, someone has to pay. Government makes no money and can not create money out of thin air! Government is a parasite that will suck the life blood out of everything it touches. Decreasing the size of Government is necessary if you wish to increase wages without increasing taxes.
  2. Sean Parnell's avatar
    Sean Parnell
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    Fred walker is full of shit. If the legislature had implemented a half cent sales tax two years ago, every state employee would have been able to get a raise. We would not have been victim to a 2 cent gas tax increase two years ago and sales tax now charged on movie tickets, concert tickets and other things the common middle class citizen pays for. Most of us would be getting money back from the state on our taxes like usual too. However, our legislators decided that the people who paid for them to be in power were more important, and our tax money goes back to the richest of us. The gilded age has returned.
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