Hillside High School drama teacher Wendell Tabb is one of three North Carolina teachers invited to attend Gov. Roy Cooper’s State of the State address tonight.
Tabb, a 30-year veteran of the Durham Public Schools will be featured during a section of the address where Cooper will discuss experienced educators.
The other two educators are Sabrina Peacock, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from Guilford, and Jasmine Lauer, who will be highlighted as a teacher who has spent her own money on classroom supplies.
Cooper’s budget proposal calls for 5 percent teacher raises on average this year and next, including veteran teachers left out of the last round of teacher pay raises.
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He also set a goal to raise teacher pay to the national average in five years.
Cooper’s budget would also provide teachers with $150 stipends to help buy classroom materials.
Senate leader Phil Berger will deliver a Republican response to the State of the State address.
The address is scheduled to begin at 7:01 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Monday, followed by Berger’s response.
In the Triangle, it will be carried on TV, radio and live-streaming – including on WUNC-TV, WRAL-TV, WTVD-TV, wral.com, wunc.org and 91.5 FM.