N.C. governor signs bill giving bonuses to teachers
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law a K-12 educator pay bill that he says still fails to give what teachers and school staff need.
The measure, one of nine bills Cooper signed, provides $350 one-time bonuses by October to teachers and instructional support personnel along with their usual experience-based raises. For most teachers, that “step increase” on the salary schedule is $1,000.
The legislation also urges the Democratic governor to use COVID-19 relief money to provide $600 more in bonuses to these teachers, as well as $600 to custodians and cafeteria workers. Cooper and the Republican legislators who drew up the bill disagree on whether the relief money can be used that way.