The Wake County Democratic Party says the GOP “fails basic math” with its efforts to downplay the issue of teacher resignations in this year’s county board of commissioners’ contests.
In a press release Sunday morning, Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Donna Williams pointed to the drop in the Wake County school system’s teacher turnover rate this year to charge that the Democrats are trying to “trick voters” by attacking GOP commissioners over teacher resignations.
Wake County Democratic Party Caucus Director Perry Woods responded Sunday afternoon with a statement focusing on how this year’s turnover rate only covers through March and that the school district says teacher resiginations increased between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
“The Wake GOP’s latest desperate attack fails basic math,” Woods said in the statement. “They compared apples to oranges of a full year to a partial year to make the claim that fewer teachers are leaving Wake County Schools. It is a ‘fact’ that 906 teachers left in 2012-2013, and 1210 left in 2013-2014.
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Previously, they called the reality that the GOP Majority raised their own pay nearly 5 times what they gave teachers a ‘half-truth’, but it is a fact that over the last 4 years Commissioner pay went up $1879, and the average teacher supplement increase provided by the GOP Majority was $398. Considering their issues with math, it is no surprise the Wake GOP fails to understand why teachers are leaving.
Citizens can get Wake County moving forward again by electing the ‘More with FOUR’ team to the County Commission on Tuesday.”