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When hundreds of teachers leave in the middle of the school year – in one of the nation’s best places to live and one of its best school systems – we have a crisis. But Republicans are in denial, and Democrats have a winning issue for this fall.
 
About one out of every 15 teachers in the Wake County schools has resigned this year. That’s up 41 percent from last year.
 
Republican leader Skip Stam sees no problem. His response was essentially, “Nothing to see here. Move along.”
 
You begin to think that Republicans’ callousness toward public schools and teachers has blinded them to the political consequences here. If your child loses a teacher, you want action and answers – not denial and evasion.
 
Underwood School Principal Jackie Jordan said she’ll lose five teachers, or 25 percent of the school’s total, by the end of this school year. The N&O said, “She noted that two of her teachers have had their houses foreclosed on this year and that one teacher is receiving food stamps.”
 
“If we’re losing teachers at this rate, what’s happening in other schools around the state that may not have as much support from the community, that may not have a beautiful facility?” Jordan said.
 
Amen.
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Chris
# Chris
Friday, April 18, 2014 2:08 PM
I am a Republican and will be voting for County Commissioner based completely on whether they agree to dramatically increase the county add-on to teacher pay. Perhaps we don't get to Merrill's goal of hitting the national average, but we have to do dramatically better.

[Note: Not voting that way for state legislature or US Senate. Just too scary to think of all the other nutty things the Democrats would do if they take power.]

There's a myth that money is not an incentive for teachers. Sure, they have other motivations as well, but when you can't afford to have kids because of money, or go on a vacation, or. . ., money becomes an issue. And, when over a period of years, you underpay your teachers, they will respond to those incentives. They will find other teaching gigs (like 114 of those teachers did), leave teaching entirely (like 77 did), or take advantage of the state employee pension system and retire (like 142 teachers did).

Unfortunately, the teachers who find it easiest to leave will also be the ones who the district should most want to keep -- the highly-effective teachers who will have no problems finding jobs in any district. Their replacements will largely be a potluck of 23-year-old kids straight out of teaching school. That's hardly a good trade.
Choo
# Choo
Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:03 AM
Gary, I think you are on to something guy. The stupid Republicans will never point out in any kind of ads that they will actually get some teacher raises this year while the previous Democrat administrations have put them in the poor house for the past 6 years. No they take the high ground and are above that kind of retoric. I still think you can come up with a few more groups that Republicans hate. I think the little people, you know the ones we can't call by the old name, those who are virtically challenged. That group and unemployeed back hoe operators could give you another group to proclaim the Repubs hate. Go for it.

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