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NC House gives $1 million to lobby group that pays E.D. more than Governor McCrory

A lot of people are justifiably outraged at the House budget provision that gives $1 million (and delegates public duties) to the conservative school privatization lobby group, Parents for Educational Freedom of North Carolina (PEFNC). As Rep. Rick Glazier — who tried to amend the budget to shift the money to fund teacher assistants — said yesterday (as reported by Raleigh’s News & Observer):

“This is the first time that I believe in the history of the legislature that we’ve done what this is asking. We’re giving $1 million of taxpayers’ money to an entity to then choose the charter schools to fund. … It is not our job to take away public funds and give them to a private entity to make public decisions.”

In addition to the idea of giving public money to a right-wing lobby group, however, the whole thing is rendered even more remarkable by the circumstances that surround PEFNC’s employment of its executive director, Darrell Allison. Mr Allison, who, according to his group’s website, directs a staff of five, including himself, brings home quite a handsome — even stunning — salary. As Lindsay Wagner reported in January in 2014:

“In 2010, Allison received $107,889 for his work running the non-profit; in 2012, Allison reported an income of $156,582—a 45 percent pay increase in just two years.”
A check of the PEFNC Form 990 tax return for 2013 reveals that his compensation for that year was $167,085. The 2014 report is not yet available. By way of comparison, Gov. Pat McCrory’s salary is $142,265 and State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson’s is $125,676.

9 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    May 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    At least there is one good expenditure, and hopefully increased or new spending, in this budget.

  2. Alan

    May 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Whatever happend to all the whining about “overpaid educrats”? Yet more taxpayers money being wasted to help out their cronies, so much for all the ficscal responsibility BS…

  3. Ann

    May 24, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Wow.. Again we are not helping the teacher assistants in the school system. So many have degreess and make 22,000 a year. That’s below property and they go above and beyond for the teachers and the students. It amazes me how a teacher assistant will do more for a student then a teacher sometimes and they get hardly nothing in pay. We are all for teachers getting higher salaries but we can’t even help teacher assistants move up. Really what’s wrong with this picture? They have families they need to support also. There bills go up just like everyone else’s bills. They deserve so much more then what little pay they make. We need a group up here to support our teacher assistants!

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    May 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    These are not educrats, this is a non-profit….which progressoes are all in favor of funding…..unless they do not attempt to accomplish their subversive goals.
    ….
    And even if they are “educrats” it would be worth the money to pay some “educrats” who actually present a different view than 1. throw more and more money at the education wall and see if it sticks 2. Common core socialism is good 3. Lets keep teaching progressive propaganda like globalwarmingclimatechangesavethewhales, racism, and socialism as “facts”.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    May 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Oh, and before you jump on the GWCCSTW reference above. Funny how one of your guys is taking his livelyhood into is own hands by saying the IPCC was full of baloney. The lead author Dr Lloyd, has actually done some more research and said that based on at least 8,000 years of data we are actually in the range of normal climate variations. Huh….who would have thought that what with 18 years of no warming and all? I guess “consensus” can be actually dis-proven by actual observation and facts rather than buggy climate models.


    http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/22/former-un-lead-author-global-warming-caused-by-natural-variations-in-climate/

  6. Mary Dodge-Smith

    May 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Teacher assistants are the lowly paid or pitifully paid heroes to our youngest and most vulnerable students and teachers. Teachers often have to wait several hours to go to the restroom (one of the reason I could not follow in the steps of my mother and grandmother who were both masters level teachers). And, who are the people on the play g round who identify the bullies and the bullied children, those children who need assistance with social skills or friendship skills i order to enjoy the few minutes of play that young children REQUIRE for developmental reasons.

    So many people have little knowledge of what happens at a school and how many children arrive with a lot of skills that are undeveloped due to a lack of play and early intervention services. Personally, I would like to see Governor McCrory be a one term governor as h e seems more concerned with puppy mills than our overworked and underfunded school systems. The legislators who do not spend time with young children would greatly benefit from a tutorial on the subject and school visits with a knowledgeable teacher. No state funds should go to this kind of endeavor. When did profit get to be more important that providing a reasonable education for our children and a reasonable working environment for our teachers?

  7. Alan

    May 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    LSD, playing the “scientist” yet again. OK, so you stumbled across one of the ~3% of scientists that doesn’t necessarily agree with global warming (please cite the paper for all to see in it’s proper context, Faux News or the many right-wing nutbag websites don’t count). Bottom line is the overwhelming scientific concensus supports global warming, or climate change, if you prefer.

    So, if I find one person that states the earth is flat, then it must be flat, right?

    PS. The Daily Caller isn’t exactly The Economist.

    And seriously, how could this guys report have any credibility, he mentions 8,000 years of data, but we all know the earth is only 6,000 years old???

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    May 27, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Nope, not playing…but referring to an actual scientist. You can go find his name on search engines, and choose any site you wish to view his comments But you must stay at a Holiday Inn Express every night because you think you are an expert on everything …..except using Google and actually researching. I guess Rob and Scowlfield don’t pay you to go anywhere other than the pulse though…right?
    ….
    PS And I find it funny you are blasting the IPCC report since it is the “bible” of your cult.
    ….
    PPS Dr Lloyd is referring to 8,000 years of ice core data. I doubt there is any way to go back billions of years so he has to go with what he has access to.

    PPPS I am not sure where you get 6,000 either…if you were going on the Biblical method it would be about 7,000 years. Your church must be even more whacko than some of the fundamentalists.

  9. BCB

    May 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    @LsD

    Are you saying racism doesn’t exist? I’m not interested in your stance on changing world climate, but do you honestly believe we live in a 100% tolerant country?

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