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Lunch Links: Teacher pay plan disappoints, coal ash concerns, and curling!

Reaction continues to roll-in [1] to Governor Pat McCrory’s plan to raise the pay of staring teachers. The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer [2] calls the proposal insufficient:

In fact, if all the state does is boost starting teacher pay, most teachers will get nothing out of the deal. McCrory said 32,000 of the state’s 95,000 teachers would receive a raise under the proposal.

This proposal is a slap in the face to all those other teachers. They have toiled in N.C. schools without a pay raise for all but one of the last five years. And they did so under trying conditions as lawmakers boosted class sizes, eliminated money for teacher assistants and slashed funds for textbooks and other resources.

Delaying raises for them until the “revenue picture becomes clearer” is unacceptable.

Rep. Rick Glazier [3] also finds it unacceptable that the governor and legislative leaders would roll out a plan that neglects veteran teachers, many of whom are already looking to other states for higher wages [4]:

Tomorrow the legislature’s Environmental Review Commission will meet for the first time since that massive coal ash spill [5] polluted the Dan River. In advance of that meeting, read this article in Mother Jones [6] detailing how North Carolina protected Duke Energy from pollution complaints long before this disaster.

On the lighter side, if all the talk of snow and ice has you thinking of the Winter Games [7] (or games you can play in a wintry mix) check out the science [8] of curling:

And finally, the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show [9] wraps up this evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Dog lovers carve out a few minutes to scroll through these great images at The Big Picture [10].

Enjoy your lunch break!