Julie Oliver: Just another rip

February 11, 2014 

I’m so disheartened by the announcement from Gov. Pat McCrory that only the least experienced of our public school teachers might receive raises.

My students and I are worth nothing to the lawmakers who support this plan. This is my 25th year teaching in Wake County public schools. I love my job. I’m good at it. My experience should count for something. But now a brand-new teacher with no experience will make more than a professional who has been teaching for 10 years.

These plans are tearing at the seams of the thing I hold most dear in our society: a quality education for every child, even the least of these.

Julie Oliver


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