AN ACT TO PREVENT THE ELIMINATION OF RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS FIRST EARNING SERVICE UNDER THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE CONSOLIDATED JUDICIAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE LEGISLATIVE RETIREMENT SYSTEM, OR THE OPTIONAL RETIREMENT PROGRAMS, ESTABLISHED UNDER G.S. 135-5.1 AND G.S. 135-5.4, ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021, TO INCREASE SALARIES FOR TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL WHO HAVE SIXTEEN OR MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, AND TO PROVIDE EDUCATION-BASED SALARY SUPPLEMENTS TO SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS.
Repeals Section 35.21(c) and (d), SL 2017-57, which amend 135‑48.1(18), defining retired employee to include only members that earned contributory retirement service in one of the named State retirement systems prior to January 1, 2021, and 135‑48.40, defining categories of coverage eligibility to include only retired employees, with regard to the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. Effective December 31, 2020.
Sets a monthly teacher salary schedule for "A" teachers for 2022-23 for licensed public school personnel classified as teachers, based on years of experience, ranging from $3,546 for teachers with 0 years of experience to $6,565 for 30 or more years of experience.
Provides for a 12% salary supplement for licensed teachers who have National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification; a 10% salary supplement for licensed teachers classified as "M" teachers; a $126 salary supplement for licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level, in addition to the "M" teachers salary supplement; a $253 salary supplement for licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level, in addition to the "M" teachers salary supplement; a 10% salary supplement for certified school nurses; and a $100 salary supplement for licensed school counselors at the master's degree level or higher.
Requires that the first step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, must be equivalent to the sixth step of the "A" salary schedule. Provides for a 10% and $350 salary supplement. Deems these employees eligible to receive salary supplements equivalent to those of teachers for academic preparation at the six-year degree level or the doctoral degree level.
Requires that the twenty-sixth step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher must be 7.5% higher than the salary received by these same employees on the twenty-fifth step of the salary schedule.
Provides that in lieu of the amounts of annual longevity payments to teachers paid on the teacher salary schedule, beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year, the amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts under the teacher salary schedule.
Details teacher compensation for the 2022-23 school year based on either (1) the applicable salary schedule; (2) the sum of the salary the teacher received in 2013-14, longevity pay for the 2013-14 school year, and annual bonus provided in 2014-100; or (3) the sum of the salary and annual bonus the teacher received in the 2014-15 school year, with the compensation amount determined to be equal to the greater of those amounts. Provides that teacher includes instructional support personnel.
Appropriates $360 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for 2022-23 to provide for the compensation of teachers and instructional support personnel pursuant to the act.
Effective July 1, 2022.
Amends GS 115C-302.10 to add school social workers to the licensed personnel to be paid on the "M" salary schedule or receive a salary supplement for academic preparation at the six-year degree level or at the doctoral degree level.
Appropriates $450,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide salary supplements to school social workers pursuant to the act.
Effective July 1, 2022.