On May 16, The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 767, the “Brass to Class” Act, which allows public school teachers and administrators who have been honorably discharged or retired from the military a chance to get their valuable experience counted towards their salaries as state employees.
Educators working in North Carolina’s school districts are required to be paid from a specific salary schedule, which is approved every two years by the General Assembly. It sets a minimum pay based on the educators years of experience and education level.
The legislation, sponsored by Representatives Tom Murry, Chris Whitmire, John Szoka and Garland Pierce, directs the State Board of Education to establish rules for awarding credits to veterans for relevant military service experience. The new rules would include the following provisions: if the vet has already earned his or her Bachelor’s degree, one full year of credit would be awarded for every year of relevant full‑time military experience. If the veteran hasn’t yet earned his or her Bachelor’s degree, one year of credit would be awarded for every two years of full‑time relevant military experience. Representative Moffitt was a co-sponsor of the bill.
The legislation also directs the Board of Education to study the possibility of providing student teaching stipends to veterans, and offering a licensure requirement reductions for veterans who are already certified instructors.