RALEIGH (WTVD) --
Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis held a joint news conference Tuesday to announce a budget deal that includes an average 7 percent pay raise for North Carolina teachers.
The $21.25 billion deal would mean teachers would average a raise of about $3,500.
Berger and Tillis said it's the largest teacher pay raise in state history and would move North Carolina from 46th to 32nd nationally in teacher pay rankings.
The plan would also not cut any teacher assistant positions - something that had been threatened in earlier budget plans.
The budget will also boost early-career teacher pay by 14 percent over the next two years to $35,000.