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Posted: 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
By Scott Wickersham
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
As North Carolina teachers watch their pay slip to the bottom of the national rankings, a new report that Channel 9 reported on days ago has many of them outraged.Several young staffers under Gov. Pat McCrory got $20,000 raises when they were promoted.Judy Brant was a teacher’s assistant at W.R. Odell Elementary School in Concord for 26 years.She won’t be returning when classes resume on Monday -- her job was cut along with the state budget. She chose to retire instead of taking a different job.She got emotional while telling Channel 9 how she will miss the children. “I worry about them. They will suffer because of this budget and that’s what we tried to tell them in Raleigh,” Brant said.Brant was angered when she heard several of McCrory’s staffers are getting big raises -- including two 24-year-olds who received $20,000 raises, putting their salaries over $80,000 per year. “The money they gave them would have hired three teachers’ assistants or two teachers,” Brant said.McCrory defends the pay, saying the two staffers were promoted to new jobs and “oversee numerous employees at an agency with a $20 billion budget.”"My proposed budget had a raise for teachers, but because of Medicaid overruns of approximately $500 million, we couldn't make it happen this year,” McCrory said.McCrory's office said despite the cuts to some areas, the K-12 budget is the largest North Carolina has ever seen.
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