Today, Sen. Rick Horner (R-Nash), Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), and Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake) filed a bill to allow retired teachers to come back and teach at schools that need the most help.
Senate Bill 399 would permit retired teachers to return under one year contracts to teach at Title 1 schools and schools receiving D or F letter grades under the state’s grading system. Returning teachers would be paid an annual salary of $35,000 which would jump to $40,000 if they are teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes or special education classes. This salary would be in addition to their pensions which they would continue to receive.
“This bill would allow the most experienced teachers we have in the state to come out of retirement if they choose to do so, and share their wealth of knowledge with students that need it most,” said Horner.
The bill also makes it clear that teachers who elect to come out of retirement to teach under this program would not see any adverse impact to their retirement benefits. Teachers would need to be retired for at least six months before participating in the program.
“Despite raising starting teacher salaries and providing teachers with five consecutive raises, we are still seeing the need for more teachers in certain schools around the state,” said Berger. “This bill provides an effective solution to help alleviate that issue.”