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Updated: 5:38 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 | Posted: 5:12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Ken Lemon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
On Friday evening, there was a new push to give teachers more time to finish their master's degrees and still get the pay increases that used to come with the degree.North Carolina lawmakers recently passed a bill that cuts that increase.Eyewitness News talked with educators on Friday who said the extension may not be enough to keep good teachers in the state.State Rep. Bill Brawley is working to get that new law changed."This is not a promise to do it, but this is recognition on the part of some of us that we believe we should do it," he said.Brawley plans to rally support to extend the new law through next summer.He needs 61 representatives and 23 senators to agree to the change before the law takes effect in January."People need to be able to trust the long-term commitments of the North Carolina General Assembly," said Brawley.Late Friday, Charles Smith, the president of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators said he welcomes the effort, however, "It's a step in the right direction, but it's only a small step."Smith said even if Brawley is successful, the benefit cuts will take effect by the summer and teachers will go to other states for better benefits.He believes this is a response to teachers voicing their concerns."It almost appears to me as if they are trying to save face," said Brawley.Eyewitness News found at least two other state representatives who said they could support extending pay incentives for teachers currently working on their masters.
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