I recently read with interest that UNC Health System has increased their minimum wage to $15 per hour or $31,200 per year. This is no doubt a well deserved compensation increase. By comparison, a first year educator in Wake County can expect to earn $38,814 per year or about $634 per month more for a job that requires a $120,000, fouryear college education, and often requires the teacher to purchase supplies for the students out of pocket. A teaching assistant in Wake County, which like many of the hourly positions at UNC Health System does not require a four-year college degree, earns only $19,857 or approximately $11 per hour. It is little wonder that our schools are challenged to find qualified teachers and teaching assistants with the passion to work long hours educating our children for near minimum wage or below. At what point will we pay our educators appropriately?
Scott Dillon Cary