Governor Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders have announced plans to increase teacher pay in North Carolina.
Speaking in Greensboro this morning, McCrory said the plan would increase starting teacher pay by $2,200 this year, and an additional $2,000 the following year. He said cost of the raises would not require a tax increase.
The National Education Association says the state was ranked 47th during the 2012-13 year for average starting salaries.
If the General Assembly approves the hike, it would push North Carolina to the middle of those rankings.
Democrats were quick to question the teacher pay hike proposal.
House Democratic Leader Larry Hall said the raise is for a select few teachers in the state, and that the Republican plan is just "smoke and mirrors designed to give them and election year talking point."