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Jim Hunt still drives Republicans crazy. Governor McCrory and GOP leaders scheduled their pay-raise rollout in Jamestown just as Hunt’s Emerging Issues Forum was starting in Raleigh. They wanted to steal the spotlight. But they just spotlighted their own shortcomings.
 
Just as Hunt was saying ALL teachers should get a raise, McCrory & Co. were promising a raise to SOME teachers.
 
Some teachers may buy it. At first. But soon they’ll realize they’ve been had.
 
What kind of company would give a raise to its newest, rawest employees, but stiff its most experienced, capable people? Plus dump more duties and performance measures on them all. Plus treat them all with contempt and a total lack of respect.
 
The GOP plan is a political sham cooked up to deal with a political problem. It also looks like a thinly-veiled slap at NCAE, which has a lot of experienced, activist teachers.
 
Hunt’s Forum dove deep into what’s right and wrong with the teaching profession in North Carolina. What’s right is that we have a lot of great teachers, despite all we’ve done to run them off. What’s wrong is pay, first, and pay has to be raised significantly. But teachers also deserve respect and autonomy. They deserve a fair system of testing. They deserve to be heard in Raleigh.
 
They will never get that from McCrory and the GOP, even if they do get an election-year pay raise. Some of them, that is.
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dap916
# dap916
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:27 AM
I am wondering why it is that you tell us how Jim Hunt things we should do so much for education...raise our teacher's pay significantly....improve teacher-student ratio etc. yet you and Gov. Hunt never tell us HOW we can get that done. Anyone can say that teachers need more pay and anyone can tell us that education should be better. I mean, that's just rhetoric. I is probably true, but unless that comes with a plan to get that done without raising taxes and without hurting some other program, it's just talk and nothing more.

Where's the plan? How can those really great things get done for our teachers and our education system? I mean, throughout SO many years before McCrory got into office, the democrats didn't get that done. Why
dap916
# dap916
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:29 AM
I am wondering why it is that you tell us how Jim Hunt things we should do so much for education...raise our teacher's pay significantly....improve teacher-student ratio etc. yet you and Gov. Hunt never tell us HOW we can get that done. Anyone can say that teachers need more pay and anyone can tell us that education should be better. I mean, that's just rhetoric. I is probably true, but unless that comes with a plan to get that done without raising taxes and without hurting some other program, it's just talk and nothing more.

Where's the plan? How can those really great things get done for our teachers and our education system? I mean, throughout SO many years before McCrory got into office, the democrats didn't get that done. Why NOW is it such an abomination that all of those things aren't happening? McCrory is doing more than democrats have done for teachers and education for a great many years. North Carolina citizens aren't losing sight of that regardless what you want to think or to try to make people think.
Choo
# Choo
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:43 AM
Gary, left out Republicans hate women, children, old people, dogs, cats, and poor people in general. That would be an easier line of BS to spout everytime. You would not have to remember a list of talking points, you would not have to worry about getting the facts right, or leaving out some of the best stuff, not that any of that matters anyway. You know you are kinda like the national media and the Democrats they interview. Now that there are more unemployed people they all have more time to cook meals and spend time painting or some other hobby. Thank God we have more unemployed
Reaganite
# Reaganite
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:09 AM
Former Bill Clinton aide Dick Morris hit the nail on the head on why many states, including North Carolina do not have the money they need for education, and that is runaway Medicaid spending:

http://thehill.com/opinion/dick-morris/198131-dick-morristhe-left-must-choose-medicaid-or-education

We need legislation that strips money from Medicaid and sends it to education. Medicaid is a Democrat welfare giveaway program, and it can be trimmed to pay for what we need in education.

I am all for paying teachers more, but we have a lot of dead wood in the education bureaucracy - the educrats - and we need to eliminate positions there at both the state and local level and reduce salaries and shift that money to teachers. Teachers do the real work in education. The educrats just gum up the works, and education will be better off without them.

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