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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A key state lawmaker says paying North Carolina public school educators based on individual performance will ultimately happen, but acknowledges base salaries for experienced teachers must also go up.

Education budget-writer Sen. Jerry Tillman of Randolph County spoke at Tuesday's first meeting of a legislative task force looking at how to better reward educators while helping them become more effective. Panel members include leaders of teacher groups and parents of students with legislators.

North Carolina school teachers have received one raise since 2008. Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders this month pledged to raise salaries of the least-experienced teachers to recruit and retain them.

The panel heard about options to give bonuses to teachers in hard-to-staff schools and subjects and reward teachers whose students meet academic goals.

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