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Editorial: McCrory’s ‘leadership gap’

Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his ‘Master Teacher‘ plan last week at the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s annual education summit. His proposal would see 1,000 of the state’s top educators rewarded with a $10,000 stipend as they implement North Carolina’s Career and College Ready Standards.

The idea may have sounded promising to supporters, but it drew this sharply worded response from the editorial board of Raleigh’s News & Observer:

‘…but what about the thousands of teachers who won’t be recognized? What about the thousands of teachers in pursuit of graduate degrees who won’t get a raise when they complete those degrees, courtesy of the GOP in the legislature? What about the teachers who haven’t seen a raise in five years? No answers there.Summit

McCrory may offer all the high-flying rhetoric he wants in front of a friendly audience, but saying it doesn’t make it so.

When former Gov. Jim Hunt pushed to raise teacher salaries, and created his Smart Start initiative, and focused his last two terms on education at all levels, he made his case, a successful case, in part by convincing lawmakers and the people that a quality education system was an investment that paid dividends, not a drag on the treasury. He became the chief advocate for public education, not its prominent critic.

Regrettably, Gov. McCrory would rather focus on tax cuts for the wealthy and for business. He’d rather talk about fracking. Education? A speech to affluent business types with a couple of minutes of clichés about training people for jobs and getting the public schools on the stick ought to do it.

And then there’s this gap he talks about, between education and commerce. Instead, there’s a leadership gap.’

You can read the full editorial here.

4 Comments

  1. Becky Cochran

    August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Please keep pointing out the truth to the general public so that come election time we will be well rid of Pat McCrory and Art Pope too.

  2. Alex

    August 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This is no surprise ! The News and Disturber will never like anything that Mccrory ever does or says. They are so blatantly partisan it is almost laughable. They were completely silent during the do–nothing years of Easley and Perdue, probably two of the worst governors in this state

  3. Alan

    August 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Pat McCrory, an empty suit bought and paid for by right wing exremists. I wonder just how many Republicans, and independants, who voted for this governor are now experiencing buyers remorse?

  4. Linda

    August 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I was teaching during both of Hunt’s term. He froze the salaries of teachers three months into his second election. The salary steps were frozen for three years. We never re-coup the salary freeze. Get your facts straight RNO.