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CHARLOTTE, NC -- A proposed 3 percent pay raise for CMS employees is being met with tempered enthusiasm by teachers.

I'll still be looking for other employment, said Peter Huxtable, seventh grade science teacher at Alexander Graham Middle School in Myers Park.

Huxtable makes $35,500, and like other CMS teachers, hasn't received a raise in years. As a single father, he works three additional jobs to supplement his income.

I can't be the best teacher I know I can be, on a daily basis, if I'm working three additional jobs.
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I think his wording of 'at least' a 3 percent raise, 'at least', has got people really excited, said Melody Sears, Principal at Northwest School for the Arts.

Morrison is hoping state lawmakers come through with even more funding.

The more the state does, the more we can ask our local funders to either complete the 3 percent, or go more aggressively above the 3 percent, said Morrison.

If the state doesn't offer more money to increase teacher pay, Huxtable, who has a degree in environmental studies, says he may quit and go into consulting work. He says other teachers may go across the state line to work in South Carolina.

The Board of County Commission must still approve the CMS budget.

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