STATE SUPERINTENDENT CALLS FOR EXEMPTING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS FROM PERSONAL STATE INCOME TAXES
State Superintendent June Atkinson today asked North Carolina lawmakers to increase the state's competitiveness in teacher pay and recruitment by exempting public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes.
"Much has been said about the need for North Carolina to become more competitive with our surrounding states when it comes to corporate income taxes," said Atkinson. "Those supporting a cut in corporate income taxes say that the reduction will attract more corporations and then we will have more jobs for North Carolinians.
"I propose another reduction - exempt all public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes. We lag behind South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi in what we pay our teachers. In fact, we rank 46th in teacher pay. The General Assembly proposed budgets do not include salary increases for teachers, but corporations expanding or locating in North Carolina certainly need workers who are educated - the work of teachers.
"Let's keep our competent teachers in North Carolina classrooms. Let's position North Carolina to be a more attractive state for new teachers. Exempt them from paying personal state income taxes. That will at least give teachers more take-home money to support their families and will make North Carolina a little more competitive with our neighboring states."
North Carolina public school teacher pay ranks 46th in the nation. The starting teacher pay in North Carolina is $30,800 and it takes a teacher five years to reach more than $31,000 a year in salary.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
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