Regarding the Sept. 21 Point of View “ Let’s show real respect for teachers”: According to former Gov. Jim Hunt, teacher pay was ranked 27th in the nation in 1973. Wasn’t the statehouse controlled by the Democrats until 2011? So, North Carolina dropped about 20 spots under Democratic rule.
Where were the complaints of The N&O and the teachers during all that time?
If teachers don’t like the salary, bring in a union or teach in another state that pays more. No one is holding a gun to any teacher’s head. And if teachers are so good at their jobs and deserve more money, why does the state rank so low in national standardized testing?