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Today, Governor Pat McCrory announced he plans on restructuring teacher compensation, including raising salaries for new teachers from $30,800 to $35,000 over the next two years.

He said he’ll be analyzing the budget to see how the state can afford to increase teacher salaries.

"One thing we wanted to ensure is that we didn’t give a false promise in case the numbers are bad,” he said. “The money just doesn’t fall out of the sky. But our goal is to roll out more proposals in the coming months once we get a better view of what our financial projections will be in our budget."

Teachers in the state have been vocal about compensation since 2013, especially during the Moral Monday marches in Raleigh.

One teacher isn’t sure raising pay for new teachers alone, is enough.

Kevin Strawn is a math teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. He said he was unsure the governor’s plan was on track.

"I looked at this announcement and I saw some of the reaction from some people, and if it is as they talked about it, it's like no surely it can't be,” he said.

Strawn believes if new teachers are paid the same as those who have been in the classroom for eight to ten years, it will encourage the wrong teaching practices.

"So what does it mean for all the zero through ten year teachers to be at the same level,” he asked. “And I say well, OK, if you wanted to implement pay for performance, you sure have set yourself up for it because now you've got a bunch of teachers who are sitting there and they’re ready for a raise based on their performance."

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