Rep. Tim Moore Literally Just Proved That We Should Pay Teachers Much More (Pun Intended)

“North Carolina’s teacher income is rising faster than any other state.” — Tim Moore on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in in social media posts and a press release.


Around the same time that Moore made that comment, this was reported.

“The average salary for a North Carolina teacher has increased to more than $50,000 a year for the first time.

Recently released figures from the state Department of Public Instruction put the average salary for a North Carolina public school teacher at $51,214 this school year. That’s $1,245 more than the previous school year.

The $50,000 benchmark has been a major symbolic milestone, with Republican candidates having campaigned in 2016 about how that figure had already been reached. Democrats argued that the $50,000 mark hadn’t been reached yet and that Republicans hadn’t done enough, especially for highly experienced teachers.

The average teacher salary has risen 12 percent over the past five years, from $45,737 a year. Since taking control of the state legislature in 2011, Republicans raised the starting base salary for new teachers to $35,000 and gave raises to other teachers ( ).

DPI was counting all of the veteran teachers’ current salaries in that figure. The very people whose salaries simply disgusted the former governor and the General Assembly (led in part by Tim Moore) to the point that they had to take measures to “lower” them are actually being used to tout this new wonderful “average.” Furthermore, this average is counting on local supplements. This comes in the face of budgets that are allocating less money to each central office of each school system for administrative costs. Now each county has to raise more money to actually offset those costs and also allow for local supplements. And not all localities provide the same supplements.

Plus, those LEA’s will have to do something in the next few years to raise even more money to meet the requirements of the delayed class size mandate.

Any veteran teacher who is making above 50K based on seniority, graduate pay, and national boards are gladly counted in this figure. It simply drives up the CURRENT average pay. But when these veteran teachers who have seniority, graduate pay, and possibly national certification retire (and many are doing that early at 25 years), then the very people who seem to be a “burden” on the educational budget leave the system.

So how is Tim Moore making an argument to seismically raise teacher salaries?

Through his actions.


From WBTV this week:

“A part-time employee in the office of House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has drawn a taxpayer-funded check since April but there’s little evidence to show that he’s done any work.
Dr. Allen Queen was hired as a part-time policy adviser in the Speaker’s Office in early April. Publicly available personnel information reviewed by WBTV shows he was hired at an hourly rate of $63.48 to work a total of 21 hours per week.
Queen, a retired teacher and education professor at UNC Charlotte who lives in Moore’s hometown of Kings Mountain, was hired to advise Moore and other state representatives on education issues.
WBTV began investigating the nature of Queen’s employment in the Speaker’s Office after multiple high-placed Republican sources raised questions regarding his work.
Public records—including emails and minutes from legislative committee meetings—show a very faint paper trail documenting Queen’s work since coming on the job.”


$63.48 an hour for no real accountability and averaging 20 hours a week to be an educational adviser while having another paid job?

Imagine how many teachers who do more work in “education” on weekly basis than this adviser has shown have to have another job to makes ends meet.

Most teachers have twenty hours of solid work done in less than two days and are so closely monitored by accountability measures championed by people like Tim Moore but will spend years just to get to a point where they make over 50K in a year. Just look at the 2017 salary schedule.


So what has this educational adviser really done?

No idea.

Reading Craig Horn’s description and explanation of what Dr. Queen has done and is doing makes the situation even more amorphous. The investigation into finding actual work with Dr. Queen’s input on it also shows how fishy this situation is. No evidence seems to have turned up.

WBTV reviewed meeting minutes—which include a sign-in sheet for those in the audience and lists of lawmakers and staff present—for the House Education Committee on K-12 Education and on Higher education. There is no record of Queen attending meetings for either committee.

Similarly, WBTV reviewing attendance records for three task-forces of the House Committee on School Safety. There were five task force meetings for which attendance records were kept in the time since Queen was hired in April through the start of the legislative session in May.


Interestingly enough, what this seems to prove in this teacher’s eyes is that if you want to make more money in service to Raleigh, then do less. And the converse seems to be true as well because teachers show this at all time – if you want to make less, then do more.

Because teachers in this state are having to do more with less.

And after Moore explains why his educational adviser is being paid so much for apparently little work, then maybe he can explain this.


That is after he gets done with this special session to craft legislation around the Voter ID law in which no one seems to have a price tag for.