Timothy Feldman: Value teachers or lose my vote

July 2, 2014 

I attended my children’s fifth- and eighth-grade graduation ceremonies. I was impressed by the effort that the schools’ staff put in to making the day memorable. Moreover, I was touched to see the exchanges between students and teachers. Kids running to their teachers to hug and thank them for all they have done and parents wanting to snap photographs with those special teachers and their children.

Our lawmakers need to see this. Teachers do so much more than prepare children for state testing. They build relationships and help students become upstanding citizens ready to succeed in the world outside the school environment.

I have been an active Republican for 35 years on the local, state and national level. I was thinking of sitting this election out as a protest to display my displeasure with how the legislative leaders in North Carolina can’t seem to see the forest for the trees. Please know that if the General Assembly and Senate do not put teachers on a clear path to a respectable and competitive compensation level, I, a Republican, will be voting for an alternative! Thanks to all the teachers and school staff.

Timothy Feldman, Apex

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