August 11, 2014 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. It's Time to Renew! 
  2. FAQs Regarding the Budget and Salary Schedule
  3. News from State Board of Education
  4. Creative Classroom Contest
  5. Exciting Opportunities

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It's Time to Renew!

The start of the 2014-2015 school year is right around the corner. The 2013-14 PENC membership year ended July 1, have you renewed your membership for continued coverage?

Click here to renew now!

Remember, refer 3 new members during the 2014-15 to become a Partner member of PENC and we will reimburse your annual member dues. For tips and materials for recruiting please contact Bill Medlin at [email protected].

FAQs Regarding the Budget and Salary Schedule

We have received lots of questions about the budget over the past week. Understandably, most people want to know how it will impact them personally. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: 

What step will I be on? 

Teachers in their first year are on Step 0. Teachers in their second year are on Step 1. Teachers in their third year are on Step 2. And so on. Keep in mind that you have been moving up the salary schedule, even though your pay has been frozen. So, you will be on the step that correlates with your years of experience, minus 1. 

Since the new salary schedule maxes out at $50,000, will my total pay be capped at $50,000?

No, on top of the $50,000, you will need to add your supplements - including any Master's supplement, National Board supplement and your local supplement. 

What will my pay be in 2014-2015? 

The following salary schedules should help you determine your exact salary (note: local supplements are not included in these schedules):

*Please note: 

A teacher compensated in accordance with this salary schedule will receive an amount equal to the greater of (i) the applicable amount on the salary schedule or (ii) the sum of the teacher's salary plus the annual longevity payment that was effective for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, educators receiving compensation equal to the sum of the teacher's salary plus the annual longevity payment that was effective for the 2013-2014 school year will receive an annual bonus of one thousand dollars ($1,000), payable monthly.

For more information on salary and compensation please take a look at our latest Legislative Update.

Will I get my longevity check that I earned in 2013-2014? 

Yes, if you have not yet received your longevity check from this previous year, you can expect to receive it on your anniversary date, unless your school system decides on an alternative date. However, your longevity check will only reflect your service through June 30, 2014. Since the new budget takes effect July 1, 2014, you will not earn longevity after June 30. For example, if your anniversary date is in August, you have not yet received your longevity check. You will be getting a check; however, it will not include anything that would have been earned after June 30. If your anniversary date was in March, you have already received a longevity check for this past year.You have also starting earning additional longevity which you will receive through June 30.

Will Administrators see a salary increase this year? 

Principals and Assistant Principals will receive a salary increase between 1.8-2%. For those at the top of the schedule who do not receive a salary increase on the new schedule, they will receive a nonrecurring bonus of $809 (See Pages 51-54 of the budget document for specific details).

Will Administrators keep longevity pay?

Administrators will continue to receive longetivy pay. 

Will non-certified staff see a salary increase this year? 

Non-certified personnel who are not on a pay schedule will receive a $500 raise. They will continue to receive longevity payments, if they’ve worked 10 years or longer.

Does a new hire still have the opportunity to attain tenure? 

Unfortunately school districs no longer have the authority to grant career status to new employees. However, under the current law, educators that already have career status will maintain it through 2018.

News from State Board of Education

NC Standard Course of Study for 2014-15

As year-round public schools opened for the 2014-15 school year and with the start of traditional calendar schools only weeks away, many teachers and others have been asking what content standards will be in place when the new year begins. The short answer is that the same Standard Course of Study that was in place in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years also is in place for the 2014-15 year. The current Standard Course of Study remains in place until a new set of standards is completed and approved by the State Board of Education. An Academic Standards Review Commission is outlined in the legislation (Session Law 2014-78) and would hold initial meetings in early fall. Generally, it takes at least 18 months between the adoption of new standards and implementation in the classroom. This time allows for public and educator input, development of new student assessments (required by the state and federal governments in the key areas of English language arts and mathematics), professional development for teachers who will teach to the new standards and adoption of textbooks and other learning resources aligned to the standards.

Academic Achievement Standards for the Read to Achieve Test

The State Board of Education is responsible for setting academic achievement standards for end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) assessments used to demonstrate student proficiency. In July, the State Board of Education approved the academic achievement proficiency standard of 139 for the Read to Achieve Test, which aligns with the EOG 3 ELA/Reading Level 3 achievement standard. In support of North Carolina’s Read to Achieve requirements, the Read to Achieve Test was developed to measure third grade reading comprehension. The Read to Achieve Test may be administered to eligible students who have not yet met the third grade reading promotion standard following the administration of the grade 3 End-of-Grade (EOG) English Language Arts (ELA)/Reading Test, or after a student’s participation in summer reading camp, or at mid-year promotion before Nov. 1 of the school year following reading camp. The Read to Achieve Test is one of several ways students can demonstrate reading proficiency for promotion to fourth grade, and it was built using the same pool of assessment items developed for the EOG 3 ELA/Reading Test. The scaling and academic achievement standard for proficiency is based on the field test statistics. The Read to Achieve Test was scaled so that the proficiency standard of 139 aligns with the EOG 3 Level 3 achievement standard. Both tests require the same raw score to meet the minimum scale score for Level 3 proficiency.

Creative Classroom Contest


Creative and stimulating projects can go a long way in helping students understand material. Our State invites you to submit a classroom project idea to be completed by May 31, 2015 (during the 2014-2015 school year). One project will be selected by the judges to receive up to $500 to bring the project to life. Click here to find more information about rules and submissions.

Exciting Opportunities

Educator Effectiveness - Facilitated Online Courses from NC DPI

The Educator Effectiveness Division of NC Department of Public Instruction is now offering several facilitated courses along with our self-paced modules.

These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Each session will start and end on specific scheduled dates. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given.

Registration is limited to 35 participants per section. Please review this document to learn more about the upcoming online courses. In addition, there are detailed instructions on how to register for these courses. 

Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year $175,000 award available to outstanding science or mathematics teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools.

The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science or mathematics content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. This five-year award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching.

Teachers may self-nominate, but be sure to read over the guidelines for more details.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014
Complete Eligibility Requirements

NHA Teaching Jobs in North Carolina

Immediate career opportunities are available at schools in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wake Forest and Winston/Salem. Please visit for more information.

Free SAS e-Courses available

For anyone wishing to learn STEM skills that are in high demand in today’s economy, two beginner SAS e-Courses, Programming 1 and Statistics 1, are now being offered to the world for free. This coincides with the free release of SAS University Edition, and it complements a number of video tutorials that are already free. Taken together, these free releases can provide skills that lead to success in a vast number of varied careers.

EC Highlights Free Training Opportunities for NC Deaf-Blind Project

The NC Deaf-Blind Project is sponsoring a number of free workshops, webinars and institutes during the summer through early fall. These training opportunities are open to parents and families, teachers and other educational professionals. To learn more about these events, visit

Annual EC Conference on the Web

If you've been waiting for more details about the Exceptional Children Conference in November be sure to check out the updated information at We've added information for exhibitors and more. Conference registration and hotel reservations will be available in mid-August.

Back to School Discounts

Below are 8 clothing stores that offer discounts (15-20%) online or in store for teachers. Just mention that you're a teacher to the sales representatives online or in the store and show them an ID.

1) Ann Taylor LOFT (
2) The Limited (
3) Banana Republic (
4) New York & Company (
5) J.Crew (
6) J. Jill (In store only) (
7) Talbots (
8) Aerosoles (

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