Addressing the Teacher Pay Stalemate

Lawmakers recently adjourned their legislative session without reaching a compromise with Governor Cooper on teacher salaries, leaving educators to head into the holidays without pay raises for the 2019-20 school year. On today’s show, we’ll hear from two North Carolina teachers about how the lack of salary increases — along with other challenges — is impacting their lives and classrooms. We’ll also hear from two lawmakers — a Democrat and Republican — about their efforts to negotiate teacher pay raises and how  they plan to move forward.

Guests: 

  • Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake), North Carolina General Assembly
  • Sen. Rick Horner (R-Johnston, Nash), North Carolina General Assembly
  • Tamika Walker Kelly, Elementary Music Specialist, Cumberland County Schools
  • Dane West, History Teacher, Wake County Schools

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