As a recent WRAL teacher of the week and a first-grade teacher for seven years, I was hopeful when I heard that the governor was going to announce pay raises that I and my fellow teachers would be able to look forward to. I was devastated when I heard that there would be no new money for me or my co-workers.
We celebrate that a 14 percent raise will be coming to new teachers over the next two years, but failing to give those of us who have been in the trenches for years no increase is a tough pill to swallow. Many of us struggle to pay our bills each month, and with no hope in the foreseeable future for a raise, many of the best teachers I know are looking at other career options. Waiting another two, four or six years in hopes of a raise is just not possible.
I urge our elected officials to go back to the table and find the money to support all teachers in North Carolina. They have the power to make this happen.