Teachers to see broad raises, more bonus chances


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Broad pay raises and more opportunities for bonuses are coming to public school teachers in the budget that Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign into law.

The spending plan is predicted to increase state-funded teacher salaries on average by 4.7 percent this fall. Budget-writers predict the adjustments will bring average salaries - when local supplements are added - above $50,000 statewide.

There are also bonuses for high-school teachers whose students did well on Advanced Placement tests and for third-grade teachers whose students showed the best growth on their reading scores.

Some of the most experienced teachers wouldn't get any permanent raise. They essentially are paid at rates separate from the salary schedule that was adjusted in the budget.