Monday, August 12, 2013 7:46 PM
One thing I have to say is that you, Gary, have developed a very good grasp of the English language and are able to formulate a very well-stated post. No, I'm not saying I agree with much of it, but it's certainly well-stated.
There are so many "buzz words" in that presentation I don't know where to begin. Teachers are "disrespected". Teachers are "second-class". Teachers are "unappreciated". Treating teachers with "contempt".
What all those words really mean is.....teachers want more money and McCrory & Co. wants to not only hold the line on teachers pay but use that extra 5% in the budget Gary is talking about here to give students better access to better materials and to give parents a better way of making school selections for their children that they see as best for them. The majority of teachers in North Carolina vote democratic. The left...the progressives...democrats...(like Gary here) have to at least put up a good fight for them to show that they're interested in getting them more money, more benefits and "super-job security" where it's nearly impossible to fire them regardless of their job performance. On that subject, does anyone know of any employer that gives its employees "super job security" after working for "X" number of years? I think we know why they don't...um, it's why we shouldn't give teachers that either, y'all.
Gary has made his case here on the front page for "education" (teachers). This is just another presentation in that effort. This one, though, is far better than the others....at least better put.
Gary, you can stop posting this stuff now. The teachers know democrats and you support them getting a nice pay raise. And, you can stop trying to make the point about NC teachers making lower than the "national average". That average is skewed in a HUGE way by the teachers pay in California and Michigan and New York and many other very large, very liberal states. I don't think McCrory is going to kneel under, so best thing to do is to work hard for James Protzman for governor in 2016 (just joking :-).