Regarding the June 9 column “Fantastic lures for teachers in N.C.”: Jim Jenkins’ letter from the General Assembly to prospective teachers was spot on. I would only add that if you enter teaching, the more experienced you become, the less respect you will receive.
I would propose a second letter from Gov. Pat McCrory to parents and students. It would say that, while I talk about comebacks, I have only set back our state’s public schools. He would tell them that, during your time in school, you may share just a handful of textbooks that you can’t take home and most of them will be grossly out-of-date. You will have large class sizes that may or may not have a permanent teacher. You will not have a teacher assistant because I cut thousands with the stroke of pen. You will also have to fork over more money for copy paper and toilet paper since your school will run out before the end of the year, but we will sit on more than a billion dollars instead of investing them in your children. In addition, we will give tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations.
It’s about priorities. McCrory should be prioritizing public school classrooms, not corporate boardrooms.
President-elect, N.C. Association of Educators