The submissions from educators are pouring into Your Soapbox .
Karen H. writes  about how education cuts are affecting her kindergarten class:
This school year has been my most difficult in my 10 years of teaching… I no longer have a full time TA. It is extremely difficult to work with the children and make sure you are meeting their needs when you have to share your TA with another class.
These educators  from New York state came to North Carolina in search of a better life, only to find that the profession offers menial pay as compared with New York.
And Hannah writes about the need to change the culture of the teaching profession :
If teachers are one of the strongest influences to students’ educational performance, why pass legislation to discourage teachers from truly teaching and instead teach to the test? Why pass legislation that cuts school funding that aids in paying for supplies that teachers need? Why pass legislation that has cut teacher assistants who are a key element to a teacher being able to teach to full potential? Why pass legislation that discourages teachers from being lifelong learners and continuing higher education to help them be BETTER teachers? Why? Why? Why?
Read these stories and more over at Your Soapbox .