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North Carolina's elected officials appear headed toward a familiar debate over teacher pay as the legislature reconvenes in about 3 months

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina's elected officials sound headed toward a familiar debate over teacher pay as the legislature reconvenes in about three months.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he expects to focus any pay proposal he'll offer upon giving differentiated pay to teachers who take on additional responsibilities or instruct high-in-demand subjects.

McCrory pushed the differentiated pay idea in 2014 but lawmakers have been slow to embrace or fund it.

Rep. Craig Horn of Union County told reporters he expects across-the-board raises for all teachers, with differentiated pay next in line.

The extent of any pay package likely will depend on how far state revenues exceed budgeted expectations. Right now collections are $120 million above what was anticipated.

McCrory and Horn attended a meeting Tuesday of the governor's Education Cabinet.

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