Public School Forum Identifies Teacher, Principal Pay Among State’s Top 10 Education Issues

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The Public School Forum of North Carolina, a nonpartisan educational advocacy organization made up of business, education and government leaders, has identified low teacher and principal pay as two significant issues facing the state’s public schools in 2017. In comparison to other states, North Carolina ranks 41st in teacher pay and 50th in principal pay.

In their report, “Top 10 Education Issues 2017,” forum leaders note that newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper and many candidates running for seats in the House and Senate pledged during their 2016 campaigns to increase teacher pay and invest in public schools.

Other pressing issues in the Top 10 include increased accountability and transparency in school choice efforts, racial equity and strategies for improving low-performing schools. Read the full report at


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