Teacher Pay http://wfae.org en State Budget Negotiations Take Major Step Backward http://wfae.org/post/state-budget-negotiations-take-major-step-backward <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Raleigh Wednesday took a major step in their budget negotiations.&nbsp; A step backward.</span></p><p>If there was any sense of congeniality and cooperation at the state capitol it was not found in room 643, where House Senior Budget Chairman Nelson Dollar called to order select members of the House and Senate&nbsp; to negotiate the now overdue state budget.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:22:17 +0000 Tom Bullock 54554 at http://wfae.org State Budget Negotiations Take Major Step Backward WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-latest-airport-fight-proposed-sales-tax-hike-murrows <p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.</p><p>Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this <a href="http://wfae.org/post/1200-turn-out-moral-monday-protest-raleigh">story</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:20:04 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 52897 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-nc-governor-house-and-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate Mecklenburg Commissioners Quickly Agree On Budget http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-commissioners-quickly-agree-budget <p>Mecklenburg County Commissioners quickly agreed on a budget Thursday that does not include a property tax increase. It’s exactly the same as the one the county manager proposed. Most of the commissioners' discussion was about how there wasn’t more discussion.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:12:09 +0000 Lisa Miller 52860 at http://wfae.org CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises http://wfae.org/post/cms-teachers-parents-urge-commissioners-pay-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:24:26 +0000 Lisa Miller 52743 at http://wfae.org CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises http://wfae.org/post/majority-mecklenburg-commissioners-want-sales-tax-increase-teacher-pay-raises <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:21:05 +0000 David Perlmutt 52707 at http://wfae.org Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises http://wfae.org/post/superintendents-urge-lawmakers-find-better-way-fund-raises <p></p><p>Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.&nbsp; The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.&nbsp; But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.</p><p>Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory said at a press conference today losing those assistants could stall the state’s efforts to make sure kids are reading at grade-level.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:58:31 +0000 Lisa Miller 52302 at http://wfae.org Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay http://wfae.org/post/county-manager-proposes-15-billion-budget-no-increase-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio presented her budget to County Commissioners Thursday. Here's a look at what is, and is not in her $1.5 billion proposed budget.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:29:16 +0000 Tom Bullock 51919 at http://wfae.org County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay Teachers Would Swap Pay Raise For Tenure Under Senate Plan http://wfae.org/post/teachers-would-swap-pay-raise-tenure-under-senate-plan <p>North Carolina teachers would receive an average $5,800 raise next year under the Senate’s plan to boost teacher pay.&nbsp;But there’s a trade-off.&nbsp;Teachers must give up tenure to get the raise and to help fund the raises the number of teaching assistants would be cut in half.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:12:15 +0000 Lisa Miller 51909 at http://wfae.org Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget http://wfae.org/post/digging-deeper-governors-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers began digging into the details of Governor Pat </span>McCrory’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> budget today as did state agencies, lobbyists and, reporters too. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plans to pay for raises for all state employees in part by cutting funds to the </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> system. But his budget includes plenty of other cuts and additions large and small.&nbsp;</span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lisa Miller joined Mark </span>Rumsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss some of them.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:31:59 +0000 Lisa Miller 51037 at http://wfae.org Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget