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Thank Your Teachers: Teacher Appreciation Week in NC

This week is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and caregivers are encouraged to support their child's teachers in the form of volunteering, lunches or even gift cards. (albyheadrick/flickr.com)
This week is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and caregivers are encouraged to support their child's teachers in the form of volunteering, lunches or even gift cards. (albyheadrick/flickr.com)
May 4, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers increasingly report they aren't feeling appreciated when it comes to their paychecks in the Tar Heel State.

According to a documentary produced by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, teacher pay has dropped by 13 percent in the past 15 years, when adjusted for inflation. While policymakers debate education funding at the state and local levels, the PTA is observing Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Kelly Langston, state PTA president, said caregivers are asked to show their child's teachers how much they are appreciated.

"Teachers certainly do what they do for the love of the teaching profession, not necessarily for the paycheck," she said. "When we can say to them 'We value you and we appreciate you,' it really is especially motivating in a climate where they may not feel appreciated."

This week, parent organizations across the state are encouraging caregivers to send in thank-you notes, volunteer, offer gift cards and host meals for North Carolina teachers.

Langston said supporting teachers with resources and even gift cards for classroom supplies is valuable.

"I think human nature, when you feel supported and you feel encouraged, it just gives you that little extra energy to put into what you're doing and to feel good about what you're doing," she said. "We all know we work better when we feel appreciated."

Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed budget on K-12 education maintains funding at pre-recession levels, and nearly half of funding for pay raises is in the form of bonuses instead of a permanent raise. North Carolina's per-student spending also is down by more than $500 in the current budget proposal, and textbook funding has been cut in half compared with pre-recession levels.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC