North Carolina public school teachers are highly deserving of having a higher salary then what they currently have now. I personally believe, along with many others that they work extremely hard and are extremely giving considering the circumstance of their work place and how much money they are given. Teachers are the people who are supplying children with a great amount of knowledge and are preparing them for the future- one of the most important jobs one could ever have.
However, North Carolina is ranked on the low side when it comes to how much public school teachers are being paid each year and when I say low- I mean embarrassingly low. According to the news website WRAL, the state is ranked 41st overall in the nation for the 2015-2016 school year with the salary coming out to an average of $47,985. The sad thing about this statistic is that this is an actual high ranking for North Carolina. During the previous school year North Carolina was ranked 42nd in the nation and the year prior they were ranked at an all time low of 47 out of the 50 states. New York is ranked first within the country, paying their public educators $77, 957 per year and South Dakota is ranked last within the country, paying their public educators $42,025. Notice how North Carolina pays their public school teacher’s only $5,000 less than the worst amount in the United States- a fact that is truly bothering.
Surprisingly enough over the past few years, North Carolina has slowly been increasing public teacher’s salary with the help of former republican governor Pat McCrory. While McCrory was in office, he has implemented the quickest pay increase with public school educators faster than any other state in the country. His plan while in office was to increase the pay by 5% over the course of the past year. However, it shall be interesting to see what happens over the next few years surrounding this issue as North Carolina recently elected democrat Roy Cooper as the new governor.