Create a five-year plan to get N.C. teacher pay to the national average. Kill the new voucher program. Commit to the Common Core curriculum and adopt nationally-normed exams.
After a 2013 legislative session that brought dramatic changes to public education, the superintendents got together to let legislators and the N.C.
Among the recommendations:
*In addition to boosting base pay, lawmakers should scrap the bonus plan for 25 percent of teachers and instead work toward a more comprehensive performance pay system.
*Restore pay supplements for teachers who earn master's degrees in teaching or their academic subject.
*If the General Assembly isn't willing to rescind the Opportunity Scholarship program, which was put on hold by a judge last week, it should at least add more oversight for the private schools that take the public money.
*Provide assurance that the state will not change its academic standards for at least seven years.
*Adopt nationally-normed exams (North Carolina has been working with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to create such tests) and try to reduce the burden of mandated testing.
Morrison will present the report to the CMS board Tuesday.