Credit: Department of Education

Credit: Department of Education

A new proposal for revolutionizing teacher’s salaries in North Carolina puts many teachers in jeopardy. The plan is set to change the structure of teachers’ pay and encourage turnover. Here are the basics of North Carolina’s new proposal.

North Carolina’s 60/30/10 Plan

The 60/30/10 plan would effectively place teachers into three different categories. The first category, called the apprentice track, would pay teachers at a flat rate of $32,000 and allow them to teach in the state for up to 20 years. Sixty percent of teachers would find themselves in this category.

The second level of teachers, called the master group, would account for 30 percent of teachers in the state. These teachers would need to complete online training and be able to demonstrate good teaching abilities. The highest paid group, the career path, would only invite teachers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.

Another feature of the plan would mean that all teachers would need to reapply for their jobs in 2015. Some may find themselves out of a job altogether, while many more will likely be taking a pay cut in order to be placed in the apprentice track.

The Theory Behind the Plan

The new plan has a few objectives. The first one is to decrease spending on teacher wages and to reward only the most qualified teachers with higher salaries. The second goal of the program is to promote teacher turnover. Only the most successful and dedicated teachers would have an incentive to remain in the system, for the promise of moving up to higher paying and more secure tracks. The system is also meant to encourage a more thorough review of teacher performance and to clear out teachers who are not meeting standards.

Reactions to the Plan

Many teachers in North Carolina are furious about the new plan. The pay cut that many teachers will face is obviously a major concern for a lot of teachers. So, how much does a teacher make nationally? Well, nationally, the average is around 54,000 currently, so the 32,00 quote is a major demotion.

Another objection is that the system is demeaning. With sixty percent of the state’s educators being labeled as “apprentice” teachers for up to 20 years, there are concerns that teachers are being even more undervalued by the new system than they were by the old one.

Teachers in the state worry about having to reapply to their jobs next year, which adds a new level of stress to the job that will certainly affect teaching quality and students’ learning. It remains to be seen whether this plan will be adopted, but it certainly adds some more fuel to the already heated debate surrounding teacher compensation in the state.

While the current state of teacher salaries in North Carolina isn’t the greatest, teachers fear this new proposed regulation will make it worse.


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