On Monday the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force issued its final report. Critics have chided the Committee for stopping short of endorsing specific pay increases for teachers, but that was not the goal of the Committee. Those decisions can and should only be made when North Carolina knows what its budget will look like and what money it will have to spend. Getting teacher pay right is a complex issue ( For more see Teacher Pay: A Problem Money Can’t Fix) and involves more than just throwing money at a problem. The Task Force raised a lot of important issues and traced the outlines of the challenges North Carolina faces. It’s a good first step in a long process.