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Lunch Links: Teacher pay (will raises be enough?), using math to master online dating and more

Lots going on this morning in the Old North State.

First, Gov. Pat McCrory announced this morning that he wanted to raise teacher pay, but by starting first by upping the base pay, a plan that will mean initial raises for only about a third of the state’s teachers.

You can watch WRAL’s unedited footage of the announcement here.

Details of the plan are still being digested by journalists and educators alike, but you can get an early take on it from the AP’s Gary Robertson who got a sneak peek at the plan.

Meanwhile, former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt is in Raleigh for the Institute for Emerging Issues today and tomorrow annual meeting to talk about “Teachers and the Great Economic Debate.”

Hunt has made no secret about his desire to raise North Carolina’s teacher pay to the national average, and this year’s conference is focused on North Carolina’s public school system.

You can click here to watch speakers at this year’s conference.

A schedule of speakers is here, highlights include this afternoon’s talk with Hunt and McCrory (4:05 p.m.), tomorrow’s teacher town hall (8:50 a.m. Tuesday ) and tomorrow’s talk (9:40 a.m. Tuesday) from public education advocate extraordinaire Diane Ravitch.

The money question of how to pay for all of these calls for innovative education approaches will be addressed (and maybe even answered) by a panel of Republican and Democratic lawmakers tomorrow at 11:20 a.m.

Now, here’s some links to non-policy related topics, to give your brain a break during the lunch hour.

Check out this fascinating read from Wired about how a math genius used his algorithm skills to master the pitfalls of online dating world, or this read from the New York Times about how to take a “7-Day Digital Diet” break from your online devices.

But, you really shouldn’t ever take a break from N.C. Policy Watch. Check back with our Progressive Pulse blog and main page this week for all sorts of developments about teacher pay, the coal-ash spill on the Dan River and more.

As reward for making it to the bottom of this post, here’s a ridiculous (and low-brow) video of a squirrel and a dog.

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