The NC Senate’s Meager Teacher Raise Explained In Chic-Fil-A Terms

The North Carolina Senate released its new budget proposal.

Well, Sen. Phil Berger released his new budget proposal.

Details of that budget can be seen here.

Proposed teacher salary schedules are explained on pages 92 and 94.

Two tables appear that show the “raises” Sen. Berger and his party are offering in a year that has a large surplus in revenue.

Remember that teachers are currently on this salary schedule.

Supplements to that schedule usually reside along these lines:

Remember that teachers entering profession after 2014 can no longer get an “M” license or any pay for graduate degree obtainment. NBPTS certification is a rigorous process that teachers can still get, but the teachers must pay for their own obtainment. NC used to do that in the past.


Here is the proposed 2023-2024 schedule.

Here is the proposed 2024-2025 schedule.

Kim Mackey, a teacher / advocate, put together this table on her Educated Policy blog and social media outreach that compares the budget proposals of the House, Senate, and the Governor’s Office with the current salary schedule and the one from 2007-2008 when adjusted for inflation and adds longevity pay WHICH ALSO WAS TAKEN FROM TEACHERS IN 2014.

Teachers who reside in the 15-24 year range will obtain a $200 raise.


While chain fast-food restaurants will have varying prices depending on the location and municipality it resides, here in the greater Winston-Salem area, a 12-piece nugget combo meal with regular fries and a medium drink usually costs in the area of $10 – give or take a few cents.

For the 2023-2024, I would as a teacher in that 15-24 schedule slot would be able to afford two extra Chic-Fil-A Nugget Combos with medium soda a month for ten months.

Two meals.

And the raise that I would get the following year will let me get one extra milkshake per month.

For ten months.

One milkshake that can melt as quick as the number of teacher applicants in our undergraduate programs here in North Carolina.

Now, consider that there will be inflation in the next couple of years.

There will be some people who will argue that the proposed tax cuts for state income tax will benefit teachers as much as anyone else. And to a certain extent, that is true. But it also comes at a time when the state is looking to abolish all state corporate taxes and that will hurt how schools are funded.

The reality there is that more teachers will have to spend out of their pockets for supplies and that counties and municipalities will have to raise their taxes to make sure that state mandates are met.

Meanwhile Berger is also proposing to expand the voucher program in NC with millions and millions more dollars.