Teacher petition comes to Waynesville June 16

Jun 12, 2014

Over 61,000 people have signed Aim Higher Now’s petition telling the General Assembly to raise North Carolina teacher salaries to the national average.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville, those petition signatures will come to Haywood County as teachers, parents and students gather to demand an end to the attacks on North Carolina’s public schools.

Many of our best teachers are leaving the state, leaving the profession, or having to work second jobs because of terrible pay. Meanwhile, voters overwhelmingly support the move to raise teacher pay to the national average over the next four to five years.

How have lawmakers responded? Gov. McCrory is proposing a plan that would strip millions in funding from higher education. The Senate is proposing a pay raise in exchange for stripping teaching assistants from all second and third grade classrooms in the state. Meanwhile, the House plan gambles on a budget gimmick of convincing more people to play the North Carolina lottery to raise money to pay teachers.

All of these plans pay election-year lip service to education, but none of them provide a responsible long-term plan to give teachers a meaningful raise without gimmicks or further attacks on public education. So it’s time to stop playing games, and get serious about paying North Carolina’s educators what they’re worth.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Jun 12, 2014 19:00

If teacher salaries AND BENEFITS are too low, there will be a teacher shortage.  In response, the government would have to increase pay to attract teachers.  What am I missing?


If there are school choices and less regulation, wouldn't schools then compete in the labor force to attract the best teachers so that people would choose their schools?  And wouldn't schools then attempt to attract better teachers by more pay and benefits?  What am I missing here?


I see a "petition" just another way "big education" is not happy about having money/power/influence taken away from them.  They respond by convincing teachers to be angry at Republicans.  I guess the same way Moral Monday people tried to tell all those unemployed that taking away extended unemployment benefits would be bad for the economy.  (Do we still hear that from the Moral Monday crowd now that unemployment is dropping dramatically?)

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Jun 13, 2014 09:08

                N.C. Constitution requires support for public education, not "choices".  Any choice to home-school or private school must be paid by those deviating from OUR public school system.

                                 Most certainly there is much to remonstrate against in what OUR legislators have done to OUR public school system. So far courts have struck down the original pay scheme as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Since the latest scheme rewards new/recent hires and those rejecting tenure while penalizing older more experienced teacher with little increase in pay, I'd bet it will also be struck down.

                     mccrory adm. didn't just deny extended unemployment benefits. They lowered the maximum amount anyone can get per week even though they have paid in in proportion to their earnings to insure that if unemployed their lifestyle will be ensured for the most part while they look for work. That hardship has forced many back into the job market accepting lower paying jobs. What hasn't been addressed is what effect has this caused. Will this cause those now working at lower paying jobs go bankrupt? Will it lower N.C. tax revenues? Etc, etc.

              While ill-liberal bureaucrats look at statistics from afar, the common man suffers.

When poor legislative choices result in teacher shortages, it is too late for OUR students.



Posted by: Larry Rice | Jun 13, 2014 10:45

Why is this article, by an unidentified writer, not in the Opinions section?

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