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NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTE ON TEACHER MERIT PAY PROGRAM

 NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS ISSUES STATEMENT
 REGARDING BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTE ON TEACHER MERIT PAY PROGRAM
 RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) today released the follow statement:
 "Educators across the state were dealt a serious blow this week when the State Board of Education voted to make its top funding priority a merit pay program that rewards teachers for improved student performance. Teachers are working as hard as they can to improve curriculum and to change programs that will improve student learning. They are seeking the opportunity to make decisions in each school that will result in effective reform," said NCAE President Rose Marie Lowry.
 The Association's top funding priority for the 1992 General Assembly is implementation of the third and final phase of the teacher's salary schedule. Lowry was happy to hear that State Superintendent Bob Etheridge also supports funding for the salary schedule. Lowry added that the General Assembly also sees the importance of completion of the teacher's salary schedule.
 "Lawmakers have committed to funding the salary schedule in order to correct inequities in teacher pay," Lowry stated. "We are going to cooperate with the General Assembly as it works to fulfill the promise it made to 63,000 classroom teachers."
 Since legislators in the 1991 session expressed their intent to fund the salary schedule if funds are available, Lowry said she thinks the State Board of Education's recommendation is an unfortunate divergent political tactic.
 "The State Board needs to focus on solid proposals that will lead to school improvement and increased student achievement," said Lowry, "such as full implementation of the Basic Education Plan, elimination of interruptions in the instructional day, strengthening the curriculum, and limiting class size. The State Board is wasting its energies on divisive measures like merit pay."
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 /CONTACT: Beth Gargan, NCAE, 919-832-3000/ CO: North Carolina Association of Educators ST: North Carolina IN: SU:


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