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New study shows overwhelming support for teacher pay raises

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Of people surveyed, 95% disagreed with lawmakers' decision not to give teachers a raise last year, for the fourth time in five years. Of people surveyed, 95% disagreed with lawmakers' decision not to give teachers a raise last year, for the fourth time in five years.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A new study from two UNCW professors shows many people in North Carolina don't like the way public education is headed.

Doctors Robert Smith and Scott Imig are both professors at the Watson School of Education at UNCW. Recently, they surveyed more than 2,350 parents of public school students across the state.

Of those surveyed, 95% disagreed with lawmakers' decision not to give teachers a raise last year, for the fourth time in five years.

An even higher number, 96%, disagreed with taking away additional pay for teachers who earned a master's degree in education.

Smith said he wasn't surprised by the results they found.

"That was easy to predict," said Smith. "Without increasing pay and other policies undermining public education, people will think twice about becoming a teacher."

A large number of respondents also expressed concern with the current curriculum, instruction, and assessment being implemented in North Carolina's public schools.

Governor Pat McCrory and leaders from the General Assembly have promised to address teacher pay issues at the upcoming short session of the General Assembly which starts in May.

Click here to read the entire findings of the study: http://bit.ly/1i23oDY

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