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Many teachers upset about pay as school year begins

Monday, August 19, 2013

There is outrage from teachers as many of them prepare for a new school year. They are accusing the Gov. Pat McCrory of double standards.

Their anger is focused on the state employees who didn't get pay raises, and those who did.

North Carolina educators are going back to class as one of the lowest paid teachers in the country.

Dov Rosenberg and Amy Scott are both entering their twelfth year of teaching, and their fifth without a raise. North Carolina educators ranked among the lowest-paid teachers in the nation.

"People in the governor's office and the General Assembly don't value what I'm doing," said Scott.

Teachers are fuming after news of $20,000 raises for two 24-year old staffers at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Both men worked on McCrory's campaign, and the governor is defending the promotions as deserved.

However, after a state budget resulted in the cut of thousands of teacher assistants and no teacher raises, these educators see a double standard.

"I'm sure that their jobs are very important but teachers are pretty important too," said Rosenberg.

More and more teachers are speaking out. There have been rallies across the state. They're hoping to help shape new policy on their off time from shaping young minds.

"Absolutely, I'm in teaching to change lives, but these heartwarming moments don't pay the mortgage," said Scott.

Scott makes about $47,000 a year.

The state also no longer pays teachers extra for teachers who have master's degrees.

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