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Education Matters – Principal Pay

Topic: Principal Pay

Last year the average pay for a principal in North Carolina ranked 50th nationally. The General Assembly responded with new investments and a new plan for how principals are paid. That plan has drawn a lot of criticism because, if unchanged, it will result in big pay cuts for experienced principals and perhaps a disincentive for talented principals to help turn around struggling schools. This week we’re joined by two former Principals of the Year and a district superintendent to discuss.


Dr. Stephen Gainey, Superintendent, Randolph County Schools

Dr. Carrie Tulbert, Principal, Concord Middle School, Cabarrus County

Melody Chalmers, Principal, E.E. Smith High School, Cumberland County



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Interview Segments

Will NC Legislators Protect Experienced Principals From Cuts Under New Pay Scale?

Some principals face big pay cuts. What does that mean for your kid’s school?

Will General Assembly fix critical flaws in new principal pay plan?

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Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.