There’s a political ad depicting Gov. Pat McCr4ory and House Speaker Thom Tillis touting their role in legislating teacher pay raises averaging 7 percent. This promotion features several 20-something-age teachers. There are no veteran teachers portrayed.
Also missing is a caption mentioning the thousands of educators who lost their positions due to massive budget cuts, the elimination of longevity pay for teachers with 10 or more years of employment and the regressive pay scale for long-term educators.
Do our lawmakers think that prospective teachers from within and outside of North Carolina are naive enough to think that they will be treated differently after gaining years of experience?
During my senior year at Cary High School, I was privileged to be taught by a career educator during his 40th year in the profession. R.S. Dunham was respectfully referred to as “Dad” Dunham in the community. Dunham supervised future Gov. Jim Hunt as a student teacher in vocational agriculture and was recalled by the governor as having been a significant influence.
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The teaching profession needs to be regarded as one that promotes long-term commitment. We need more “Dad” Dunhams, not fewer.