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Editorial: The nine questions legislators need to answer when teachers descend on Raleigh next week

Be sure to check out this morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com. Among other things, the editorial (“Next week legislators should greet teachers as partners, not the enemy”) lists nine questions that lawmakers need to answer next week when thousands of teachers come to Raleigh:

  • Why is it that North Carolina teachers earn 5 percent less, on average, than they did before the recession (when adjusted for inflation)?
  • Why do legislators force educators to wallow, year after year, in uncertainty by making school funding decisions at the last minute?
  • Why has pay stagnated for the most experienced classroom teachers?
  • Why has the number of teaching assistants been cut by 7,500?
  • Why are family health insurance premiums taking a bigger bite out of teacher pay checks?
  • Why is a new pay plan for school principals actually resulting in many seeing a pay cut?Why isn’t there money for basic classroom supplies and textbooks for students?
  • Why are legislators mandating cuts in students per classroom, but not providing funding to build the new classrooms the mandate necessitates?
  • Why is staffing for school nurses and counselors so far below industry standards?
  • Why aren’t teachers compensated on the same basis, and at the same rate, as other professionals who must have similar education, training and credentials?

Keep your fingers crossed that legislative leaders do the right thing and heed the headline in the editorial. But don’t hold your breath.

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