Educators working in North Carolina’s school districts are required to be paid from a specific salary schedule, which is approved every two years by the General Assembly. It sets a minimum pay based on the educators years of experience and education level.
The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House unanimously, was named in memory of Corporal Pruitt Rainey, 22, of Alamance County. He was killed on July 13, 2008 in Afghanistan while bravely serving our nation.
The new law directs the State Board of Education to streamline rules for awarding credits to veterans for relevant military service experience. The new rules would include the following provisions: if the vet has already earned his or her Bachelor’s degree, one full year of credit would be awarded for every year of relevant full‑time military experience. If the veteran hasn’t yet earned his or her Bachelor’s degree, one year of credit would be awarded for every two years of full‑time relevant military experience. The Board of Education will also study the possibility of providing student teaching stipends to veterans, and offering a licensure requirement reductions for veterans who are already certified instructors.
Educator Voices with JROTC Instructor Richard Suggs
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Master Sergeant Richard Suggs changes the lives of his high school students by giving discipline, structure, and love. Suggs, who retired from the Air Force, has also experienced tragedy as the reality of preparing young people for a military at war hits home. Through it all, Sgt. Suggs presses on as he works towards his goal of bettering our world. (Video produced by the North Carolina Association of Educators)