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Vanishing increases?

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013

Today’s question comes from a high school algebra teacher.

Is it true that CMS is doing away with National Board certification increase?


No, it is not true. CMS has no plans to remove or change the additional 12 percent paid to teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The independent, nonprofit board was formed in 1987 “to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating Board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.”


As a district, we support professional development to help teachers become the best educators they can be. We are among the public school districts across the nation who have a high number of National Board-certified teachers – 1,408 of our teachers in the 2012-2013 school year have earned this distinction.


We couldn’t change the additional 12 percent even if we wanted to, however, because we don’t set the standards and scales for teacher compensation. All teachers in North Carolina are paid in accordance with North Carolina law. The state’s annual appropriations bill and other laws established by the North Carolina General Assembly determine how much and how teachers are paid. CMS will continue to follow state law in the way we pay our teachers.


You can see the pay scales and schedules on the CMS website here – these include the local supplement from Mecklenburg County -- and the state schedules are here.