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James Ford named chair of Teacher Advisory Committee

Governor Pat McCrory met with his Teacher Advisory Committee yesterday and announced 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford as its chair. 

The committee re-formed in 2013. Its goal is to find ways to meet the needs of the state’s public education teachers and students, according to the press release. 

“Our budget continues my commitment to teachers for the tremendous work they do every day for our students.  We continue our commitment to modernizing our teacher pay scale; an overall investment of over $1 billion since I took office.  We follow through on our commitment to raise the base pay for North Carolina teachers to $35k and are frontloading the salary schedule so that teachers can earn more money faster.  We are also calling for $15 million for a differentiated way to pay teachers for their leadership and impact on student achievement, ” said Governor McCrory in a press release. “These proposals, combined with the recommendations discussed today, will form an approach to educating in our state that puts student achievement first.”

During the meeting, members talked about over-testing, teacher preparation and certification, merit pay for performance, technology, and leadership, according to the press release.

Yesterday was the first meeting of the 2014-15 committee since new members were appointed.

Go here for the full press release. 

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.