Governor Cooper Visits Public Schools, Highlights Budget Investments in Education
We were honored to have Governor Roy Cooper visit Scurlock Elementary School on Thursday, March 16. Governor Cooper had the opportunity to visit several classrooms including Ms. Amy Hargrave (kindergarten), Ms. Renita Jones (1st grade), and Ms. Moriah Becker (2nd grade), and visit with students and staff.
After the tour, he met with the Board of Education and other elected officials where he highlighted his proposed budget which invests substantially in public schools and a sound basic education required by the constitution for every student. This includes raising teacher pay by an average of 10% in FY 2023 and 6% in FY 2024 and sets minimum starting teacher salaries at $46,000 in addition to local supplements. This would make North Carolina first in the Southeast in teacher pay and 16th in the nation, up from 32nd.
“North Carolina has the best teachers in the country,” said Governor Cooper. “We must provide educators with the pay and respect they deserve so we can keep and attract more of them and my budget makes those critical investments.”
To read more about the Governor's visit and his proposed budget, click here