Dennis Cullen: Teacher pay doesn’t keep up

December 3, 2013 

According to the chart in the Nov. 28 article “GOP split on teacher raises,” the average teacher salary in North Carolina rose from $41,496 in 2000 to $45,947 in 2011. During that same period, the nation’s consumer price index rose from 172.2 to 224.9.

If the average teacher salary in North Carolina had merely kept up with inflation between 2000 and 2011, it would have been $54,195.

In essence, the average teacher in North Carolina saw a salary loss of approximately $8,248 from 2000 to 2011. We, the people of North Carolina, Democrats and Republicans alike, must do better.

Dennis Cullen


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