NC is Not a “Prudent” Employer of Teachers: About Berger and Moore’s Recent Staff Raises

From a February 1, 2019 column by Colin Campbell in the News & Observer concerning staff raises for Sen. Berger and Rep. Moore’s staff:

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore have seen a lot of turnover on their staffs since 2017, but some of the staffers who stuck around have been rewarded with pay increases of 20 to 50 percent.

The NC Insider compared current salary records for the president pro tem’s office and speaker’s office with records from January 2017, at the beginning of the last biennium. The records show pay increases varying significantly among staffers who have kept the same job titles for the past two years.

By contrast, most state employees received a $1,000 raise in 2017 and a 2 percent raise in 2018.

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Asked if the employees with bigger raises had seen changes in job responsibilities, Berger spokesman Pat Ryan said “we can’t comment on personnel matters involving specific employees. In general, we increase salaries to reflect additional job responsibilities, more prominent roles, and to retain talented employees, as would any prudent employer.”

Read that last statement again if you are a teacher.

“In general, we increase salaries to reflect additional job responsibilities, more prominent roles, and to retain talented employees, as would any prudent employer.”

I wonder if Berger’s spokesperson had teachers in mind when he said this.

So, if the “prudent” employer here is the state and teachers are employees, can teachers say that the state has been “prudent” with them?

Yes, the article does reflect that some of those who received substantial raises have taken on extra responsibilities in the last couple of years.

So have public school teachers. More students per class. More classes. Less planning time. More duties and committee responsibilities. Coaching. Fundraising. Community outreach. Physical facilities maintenance (ask those Down East what they have had to do to help get  schools ready after hurricane damage). Resource gathering. Professional development (state doesn’t fund it any longer).

The list goes on. And on.

And on.

So,  has the state of North Carolina been a “prudent” employer for teachers who have served far longer than those people who work for Berger and Moore who received those monstrous pay increases?

No. In fact, the longer a teacher has been in the state long after he/she has proven to be effective, that idea of North Carolina being a “prudent” employer is completely nullified.

By the very salary schedule it produced for this year.

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In fact, if one went back to calculate how teacher pay has changed over time in this state with adjustments for inflation, then you will get a real sense of what “prudence” is not (courtesy of the venerable John deVille).

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So much for “prudence.”

 

 

 

 

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