Lindsay Wagner is an excellent journalist at NC Policy Watch. She covers the legislature.
Here is her summary of the slash-and-burn policies that the legislature applied to public education:
1. Vouchers. $10 million set aside. This week, legislators will consider vouchers for students with disabilities. This is an ALEC priority, but ironically students with disabilities have greater rights and protection in public schools than in private schools.
2. Elimination of teacher tenure. Teachers now become temporary employees.
3. Teacher pay. NC teachers are among the worst paid in the nation. This legislation won’t help. “Teacher pay: no raises for teachers, who have only seen a 1% pay increase in the past five years. Supplemental pay for teachers who have master’s degrees is gone, with the exception of those whose jobs require advanced degrees. A scheme for merit pay is included, with highly performing teachers getting bonuses in the second year.”
4. Funding for teacher assistants was cut.
5. Class size limits were removed. Class sizes will grow.
6. Virtual charters: the state board is urged to give them another look.
The North Carolina legislature and governor are systematically dismantling the teaching profession and privatizing public education. These people are cultural vandals.