Regarding the May 20 news article, “With money on hand, education funding tops House budget agenda”: I think we should know by now to assess any Republican proposals on teacher salaries with a skeptical eye.
It seems like the basic game plan, developed over the past couple of years, has two parts:
▪ Modestly increase salaries for new teachers so North Carolina can be sufficiently competitive with other states; whether these salary levels will attract well-qualified teachers is another matter.
▪ Do not worry about the salaries of teachers with years of experience; these teachers are very likely to have strong ties to their local communities and, therefore, they generally don’t have to pay adequate salaries to retain most of them.
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Yes, this sounds very cynical. That’s OK. If we want to see truly high-level cynicism, and really good political spin, watch what the Republicans propose in the way of tax cuts/reform for the middle class – and who actually ends up with the benefits.