Chaudhuri Proposes 25 Percent Teacher Pay Increase
Education plan would increase NC teacher pay to above the national average, top in the South
RALEIGH, N.C. – Democratic State Senate candidate Jay Chaudhuri today announced his plan to make public education a priority again in North Carolina by increasing teacher pay to above the national average within five years. North Carolina’s education funding has fallen since the GOP took over the General Assembly in 2010.
“As the father of two young children, I know that nothing is more important than ensuring all children are able to reach their potential,” said Chaudhuri. “I will fight every day in the State Senate to restore the funding Republicans cut from public schools, to raise teacher salaries to above the national average, and to reduce the amount of classroom time spent on high-stakes standardized testing.”
Chaudhuri’s plan to provide a world-class public education to North Carolina students centers on his “Five by Five” initiative to give teachers a five percent pay increase each of the next five years. This will have a dramatic impact on teacher pay in North Carolina: in just two years, the state’s teacher pay ranking would move from 42nd to 28th in the country. In five years, the state’s teacher pay ranking would be above the national average and the highest among Southern states.
Chaudhuri’s education policy consists of four main initiatives:
- Make education funding and teacher pay the top priority again;
- Fight to expand access to early childhood education;
- Make community college free for responsible students; and
- Make college affordable again and take politics out of higher education.
Chaudhuri’s full education policy can be read here: http://www.jayfornc.com/issues/education.
Jay Chaudhuri is running in the March 15 Democratic primary election to represent District 16 in the North Carolina State Senate. To learn more, please visit www.JayforNC.com.