Patricia Pilarinos: No concern for teachers

November 1, 2013 

Sens. Phil Berger and Neal Hunt released a joint statement expressing deep concern that students would be left in the hands of untrained individuals while some teachers gather together to protest the continuing assault on their profession by our majority legislators.

Were Berger and Hunt equally concerned about the quality of educators when they voted to abandon teaching fellows or merit pay for advanced degrees? Do Berger and Hunt regret voting to allow charter schools to hire noncertified teachers? Do Berger and Hunt also want to express deep concern about voting to rip job security from experienced educators and the resultant impact of trying to find qualified teachers willing to work in a legislative environment that clearly does not value professional educators?

Patricia Pilarinos, Raleigh

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