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APNewsBreak: GOP seeks higher NC teacher pay floor

Updated Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 | 7:21 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders will propose Monday to raise base salaries for the least experienced teachers so that they're more competitive with Southern neighbors and the nation.

Plan details are in a document obtained by The Associated Press in advance of an announcement at the Guilford County high school that McCrory attended. House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest also will help unveil the proposal.

The document says the legislature will consider a bill to ensure all public school teachers make at least $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and at least $35,000 the following year.

The price tag will be around $200 million.

Teachers have had only one raise since 2008, leading to low morale.