Guess what the last day of the upcoming short session will be?

If you think Republican legislators aren't scared to death of public school teachers and parents, think again. That's why they're planning to wrap up the short session "no later than June 10," which just happens to be the last day of classes in all of North Carolina's public schools (except for year round schools). Yes, legislators will be scurrying out of Raleigh like rats before they risk the ire of few hundred thousand pissed off educators.

Tom Tillis, of course, is totally irrelevant because of his US Senate bid, and Pat McCrory totally irrelevant because he is Pat McCrory. That leaves only two people who matter: Art Pope and Phil Berger, in that order. Neither man gives a flying flip about public schools or teachers, and neither has a plan to address the growing unrest in the teachers' ranks.

It's going to get ugly.


And McCrory's teacher pay ideas

are getting what you might call a "cool reception." You might even say they are DOA.

I am sitting in at the

I am sitting in at the meeting of NCGA's Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force meeting. We have been listening to different approaches to teacher compensation from other areas and organizations. Senator Tillman took a break from the testimony to speak to those present.

He said, many states are grappeling with getting the salary base up, getting beginning teachers a boost just to get them here, this is what the governor and NCGA are thinking about now, but they are not too interested in doing that on the salary schedule we have right now, and that is a real problem. Have not had the 3 year test model done yet. Have to train principals to be better evaluators. Answers are not clear, but beleive NCGA has made committment to do the first part. He believes the intention is there, but don’t know where the money will come from. These other things are important and I want to continue hearing about them.

He says, I'm hearing everything from paying more won't work to paying more works. He says in the next meeting they will be writing some recommendations that will be sent to the legislature.


Is an idiotic enemy of public education. We don't like to mince words. And he's a former educator who should be tarred and feathered. He's emblematic of NC's twisted leadership.

Sorry to beat around the bush.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Maybe a new NCAE director will help

Educators in North Carolina have had a tough road to hoe for many years under both democratic and republican administrations and legislatures. Hopefully the 45,000-member NCAE lobbying group under its new leadership with Executive Director Richelle Johnson can find a way to put pressure on the current administration and republican-led legislature to realize some gains beyond what seems to be just token raises to some educators and administrators.

Time will tell.

Not gonna happen

The R's are aggressively and openly hostile to public school teachers, and are back-pedaling with happy talk, not policy changes. Unless the GOP reverses itself on tax breaks for the top 10%, there's no money to put into public education. Token raises that attempt to divide rank and file educators is all that will be forthcoming.

Add in the siphoning off of money through vouchers and the picture is even bleaker. The only path forward for teachers is to stop voting for people who give them nothing but lip service.

They're especially hostile to the NCAE

Passed legislation last year stopping teachers from paying their NCAE dues via payroll deduction, but allowed it to continue for SEANC members. Divide and conquer, redux. Divide the teachers from their union, divide the unions from helping each other, etc. And now it's give some teachers a bonus while dissing others.

Cut your opposition into smaller pieces that are easier to "handle."

Union v non-union

Unless I'm mistaken, NCAE is not a union (which I know is true) but SEANC is a union (unsure).

Big difference in how these two organizations are treated if that's true.

It's not much of a distinction

NC is a right to work state. Collective bargaining is illegal. Unions are impotent.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Not illegal

Actually, unions are not impotent in North Carolina and collective bargaining is not illegal. It is illegal for TEACHERS to have a union or have collective bargaining. I belonged to the Teamsters union for many, many years in North Carolina and trust me, it's legal and they are very able to collectively bargain.

It's about the teachers. And, yes, that's wrong.

Yes, sorry

I should have said for public employees (teachers and others).

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Right-to-work has nothing to

Right-to-work has nothing to do with it. G.S. 95.98-1 prohibits collective bargaining by public employees/teachers. They can however still join unions.


would be the target of Tillis's infamous open-mic comment about "giving them a little taste of what's about to come". Yeah the NC GOP hates teachers.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Sen. Tillman's comments

Sen. Tillman's comments leaned towards supporting plans to provide salary increases for newly hired teachers, even though that would run $2-3 million and no one knew where that money would come from so it would be another year or so before anything could be done for more senior teachers. Maybe next year, if money can be found. The committee will write recommendations for the legislature to consider during their next meeting.

And we did get this gem of advice from the Senator's father: A piece of boloney still has two sides, no matter how thin you slice it.

So true.