McCrory says NC budget proposal to offer more local flexibility on education raises, materials


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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Gov. Pat McCrory says his two-year budget proposal for legislators would give North Carolina public school administrators more flexibility to offer raises to experienced teachers and to pay for textbooks or computers for classrooms.

Multiple media reports said McCrory on Monday offered some details on his spending plan, which is expected to come out later this week. He visited a Charlotte classroom and talked to reporters in Greensboro. He also was slated to travel to the East Carolina University medical school in Greenville.

As expected, the governor said he intended to follow through on raising the floor on schoolteacher salaries to $35,000, up from the current $33,000. Opening pay was $30,800 a year ago.

McCrory said he anticipated nearly $300 million in new funding for K-12 education.

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