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Teachers and raises in NC

August 1, 2014

We keep getting news of an “Average” 7% pay raise for teachers. Not knowing how many teachers are at each step, I can’t do that math easily to know if that statement is true. What I do know is that when you look at the word “Average” over 36 steps, a ton of room is left for maneuvering and posturing.

Everyone has access to our state pay scales which is why little images like this one can be made.

pay scale - side by side

Not sure that really shows what I want to highlight, so I’m using information taken from 2013-14 salary schedule and the 2008-09 salary schedule. AND of course the now famous 2014-14 proposed schedule (begins near bottom of page 50). I used year 17 for my compairson. It’s right in the middle of the NEW 4th step. 

 year 17 pay

The “raise” looks much better than last year’s salaries, but look at the numbers compared to 2008-09. Not a lot of progress, but a little. Oh, and Masters National Boards will no longer be figured off of Master’s pay, but off of Schedule A. That’s about a $500 difference a year.

Now, let’s throw in the longevity.  NC has an entire document dedicated to longevity. Year 17 teachers would make 2.25% in longevity. It has been a separate payment as a bonus. The last line of the document clearly states “Longevity pay is not a part of annual base pay for, nor is it to be recorded in personnel records as a part of annual base salary.”  For teachers, the proposal is to roll it into their monthly salary – which also means it’s no longer longevity, but shared by all. This is only for teachers, however. Even principals will continue to get their typical longevity.

year 17 pay w longevity

Based on this information, a year 17 teacher (with longevity) is still making less than they would have in 2008-09.

All this was possible because of the nearly frozen salary. I’ve said it before and I want to reiterate that I understand the economy has been pitiful. I know teachers are not the only ones with frozen salaries. I know decisions had to be made. I want my congress woman and senator to at least acknowledge they heard what I had to say when I write. (Debra Conrad and Earlene Parmon in my case. While I copied the letter into a blog, I sent it to both of them.) What I want is for our politicians to be honest with us. I want to have an honest discussion about tenure. (Which is no longer given in NC if you didn’t have it before 2012-13 school year, and you lose it if you change counties.) Don’t try to make things seem better than they are through fuzzy rhetoric and posturing and expect us not to look for the facts behind the verbiage. Oh, and take care of those older teachers financially! We need new teachers. We need their vitality and their excitement We need the older ones too. We need their wisdom and experience. I understand that I’m a public servant, but I’m thinking that maybe NCGA doesn’t get that they are too. 

old lessons

July 31, 2014

I’m looking through OLD library instruction books for ideas. Book is from 1988. Lesson prep – find a filmstrip on the care of books. oh my goodness. 88 doesn’t seem that long ago . . .

School Wires discovery

July 30, 2014

I have moaned over School Wires – although it is better than what we have before. I was missing something. I didn’t know what. Well, I figured out a partial today. Apps.

When you create a page, it asks you what kind of page you’d like to create. I almost always picked Flex because it would do so much. What I discovered today was I can have a dozen apps on a page.

A page with links like this one was made with stacking apps like this:

  • Flex editor 1- header
  • Link app 1 – Copyright Links
  • Link app 2 – Fair Use Links
  • Link app 3 – Plagiarism Links
  • Flex editor 2 – footer

So, the page might not be a smooth as I’d like, but the way things shift around when trying to get everything on one page, this is better.

Any of the apps can be stacked. Pod casts, blogs, wikis – you see it, you can add it. I’ve been fiddling around with pages that I can keep on the website that give instructions for the class to be read when they sit down and I’m having to help someone with something. I tried several of the different page types and wasn’t happy with any of them. Not that I can add different apps, I might be able to make this work.

Couple of things I haven’t figured out how to do yet. Get the calendar to merge with another one (one that is more user friendly) and make an easy site map for just my pages. Oh well, maybe a light will go off for those another day!

Run schools like a business? Flip that theory to see flaws – Columnists

July 29, 2014

Run schools like a business? Flip that theory to see flaws – Columnists.

This is good, very good.


56 days of summer – 38

July 28, 2014

I hope today is the day I send in my manuscript.

Week 2 of the Copyright course starts.

I started a sharing board on FB for school librarians. Please join us if you are a school librarian.

This is a way we can collaborate with librarians not only across NC, but in other states. My dream is for us to build our own database of lessons, helps with classroom management, problems solving ideas. 

#NCTLchat hosted Eva Ridenhour and Stanley N Katrina, both student authors. Check out the writing vids that Eva has on her site! The perpetual papers of the pack of pets is found on Amazon and is in Kindle and paperback forms.

Then I went to a webinar for promoting the library at open houses by Jocelyn Sams.

Over the weekend I set up a facebook page for the library. Now we have twitter, pinterest, facebook, a webpage and a blog. All I have to do is get them to talk to each other – Especially the FB since I can’t get on that one at school!

I also created a mobile app. Not completely thrilled with the site, but it’s a start.

Looking for some how to videos on Smart Board. Here’s a playlist .

Have you taken a course from Coursera?

July 26, 2014

One of my feeds had a post describing an upcoming course on Copyright for Educators and Librarians. It’s a four week course delivered through Coursera. Profs are from Duke, UNC, and Emory. The course is set up like a regular course – videos, readings, quizzes, assignments, discussions. Here’s the info. If they offer it again, I’d recommend taking it. I’ve already learned some interesting things, although there are about 8,000 people taking this session. Wow!

Public funding with no disclosure

July 26, 2014

Charter schools are in NC, and I’m assuming they are here to stay. I’ve seen good ones and some far from good. What I do not understand is why the legislature thinks that Charter Schools should not have to disclose salaries. 

Cotham: New NC Senate bill shields salaries of for-profit charter school staff 

That version says that “charter school personnel records for those employees directly employed by the board of directors for the charter school” are subject to the same disclosure requirements and privacy protections as employees of school districts and other public bodies.

Doesn’t sound too bad to me. Looks like we should know, but notice that phrase “directly employed by the board of directors.” BAM! There is is. Anyone hired by the charter company doesn’t fall under the those guidelines. With the magnifying glass on education these days, why would the legislature want to do this? OR is our intense focus saved for public education? Is this legislature so blind as to think that every charter school will be such a roaring success that they need NO public accountability? Are they so enamored by the idea of school choice that they really think no one will abuse those public funds? Do the parents considering the charter not have a right to know if the teachers are making far above or below the average wage?


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