Education theory and practice takes on new meaning in a pandemic. Front-line educators must be trusted when we say we cannot safely reopen schools without more staff and supplies. We're maxed out from all the other times we've been mandated to do more with less - it's time for state leaders to do more this... Continue Reading →
I am not beating a dead horse with this information but trying to motivate more North Carolinians to hop on theirs because I’m tired of watching policies over the last decade whip our public schools.
If Senator Berger actually believed the latest NC GOP budget talking point that "something" is better than "nothing" then he would have participated in bipartisan budget negotiations at any point in the last year. While believing our students deserve our best, not merely "something," public education supporters have rejected the NC GOP budget and in... Continue Reading →
NC GOP deceptively boasts "record raises" while cutting corporate tax rates by 50% yet fails to provide a salary schedule that effectively retains and recruits great teachers for our students. Esse Quam Videri - pass a 5% raise for ALL educators and retirees (Avg. 10% raise actually needed to fully restore to 2007 purchasing power)
I moved to NC in 2011, the first year Republicans held majority control of the NCGA. Despite their 20% average raise claims, I have seen a real 2% pay cut compared to teachers with my same credentials on the schedule I "signed up for."
On August 1, 2014 I ventured to Raleigh with my camp chair, trifold poster, and some handouts. On that day, the Senate was set to hold a final vote on the state budget. Despite touting “record raises” for teachers I found this talking point to be misleading. (Five years later I’m still fighting that battle.)... Continue Reading →