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Question of the Week – February 18

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly removed graduate degree pay bonuses for new educators. Some research has suggested those advanced degrees don’t lead to improved teaching.

Historically, teachers with master’s or doctoral degrees received a 10 percent salary increase paid for by the state. Teachers who were receiving the bonus before the 2014-15 school year or who had taken at least one graduate course before August 2013 were grandfathered in.

Recently, a bipartisan group of Senators filed Senate Bill 28, a bill that would, if passed, restore pay incentives for teachers with master’s or doctoral degrees next year. What are your thoughts on restoring Master’s pay?