Teachers in North Carolina are among the only state employees who do not receive longevity pay.
And bills to reinstate it have been introduced and crushed in committee – by the same people who took longevity pay away in the first place.
Classified public school employees are among some of the only state employees to not make a $15/hour minimum wage.
From a 2018 N&O report:
And teachers are among some of the only state employees who are paid on a set salary schedule that does not carry a “minimum” and “maximum” pay range for experience and market viability.
From a recent salary plan report for NC:
What are CRR, JMR, and ARR? Well there is a “dictionary of career-banding terms.“
Oh, and there’s the MMR:
But those things do not apply to teachers. There really is no market for teachers outside of public schools that is sizable enough to compare, so the state gets to treat teachers differently. And they have.
When the market looks at advanced degrees and training as worthy of pay raises or increases in compensation, then the state would have to look at how it can “recuit” and “retain.”
But in the case of teachers, they took away graduate degree pay bumps.
To go along with no more longevity pay.
And that $15/hour minimum wage for classified school employees.
Imagine what that does for recruitment and retention.