RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The state House wrapped up a week listening to some of North Carolina's top public school educators with teachers who say they're worried about static salaries, low morale and dwindling avenues for professional development.
About 50 teachers -- most local teachers of the year in their districts -- visited the Legislative Building on Thursday. They talked with Speaker Thom Tillis in the House chamber for nearly two hours. Tillis held similar input sessions with superintendents Tuesday and principals Wednesday.
Teachers statewide received raises this year for the first time since 2008 as lawmakers have struggled to close budget gaps. Tillis told teachers he hoped government savings would generate funds to raise salaries again next school year. He says he wanted teachers to remain involved in influencing legislation.