NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Teachers in our area are upset over a state budget plan that would cut the extra pay they get for having advanced degrees.
Teachers, professors and community members took to the steps in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington to protest the proposed legislation. Right now, teachers are compensated by at least $3,000 for having a masters degree.
The proposed plan would no longer provide the extra money to those who achieve masters or doctorate degrees.
Carol McNulty, a former public school teacher, was one of the protesters upset over the plan.
"Anyone coming through from this point on would be basically discouraged from obtaining a higher degree," said McNulty about future educators.
She said she was concerned for both future students and teachers.
"We just want teachers to feel supported," said McNulty. "We feel like they are asked to do so much. Every year there is more asked of them with less resources. We just want to support them and know that we're going to take some action this time".
State lawmakers likely won't approve a final budget until after the July 4th holiday.