It’s hard to take Sen. Phil Berger’s gesture to raise teacher salaries and add on a bonus this past week as anything but sincere.
For someone who has been touting how he is so “pro-teacher,” he seems to want you to forget how much he has really taken away from teachers.
Simply put, Sen. Berger has spent so much time trying to condition the public about how much has been done for teachers when in actuality what he is doing is simply giving back in smaller portions some of the very things he has helped to take away from teachers.
And he expects that to be forgotten as he tries to use smaller raises than the governor proposed to lure the public into thinking that he is being pro-public education?
A website appeared on the landscape in 2016 that expanded on Berger’s timeless BS and it is still being pushed out. Here is the home page for www.ncteacherraise.com.
And it a wonderful example of legislaining in eduspeak.
And with some red, white, & blue spin, he presented this:
But he fails to tell you he spearheaded a North Carolina General Assembly that took away graduate degree pay and due process rights from newer teachers and longevity pay from veteran teachers.
Below is the salary schedule for a teacher in North Carolina for the 2018-2019 school year. Because of the current stalemate in budget negotiations, it is currently the salary schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.
Any teacher new to the profession in the last four years would never be on the second schedule because newer teachers are not allowed a pay bump for graduate degrees. Notice how the salaries also plateau after year 15.
There is no longevity pay included as it does not exist for teachers any longer.
And remember that the average pay that people like Mark Johnson, Phil Berger, and Tim Moore like to brag about includes local supplements that the state is not responsible for.
Now go back ten years.
Ten years ago each salary step would have had an increase in pay.
All teachers, new and veteran, would have had graduate degree pay ten years ago.
All veteran teachers would have received longevity pay ten years ago above and beyond what the salary schedule said.
Yet Berger wants to tell you that what he is offering is beyond grandiose.
According to the 2008-2009 salary schedule, a person with my experience and credentials would be making more than someone with the same experience and credentials today – even with Berger’s new “proposal.”
And that doesn’t even being to help veteran teachers recover what they have lost since Berger has been in office.