If their goal is to make them leave in disgust, that is:
According to the National Education Association, we fell to 48th in per-pupil expenditures. State funds for books were cut by about 80 percent, to allocate only $14.26 a year per student. Because you can’t buy even one textbook on that budget, teachers are creating their own materials at night after a long day of work.
The result? Teachers have more students, no current books, and fewer professionals trained to address special needs, and their planning hours are gone now that they must cover lunch and recess. For public school teachers in North Carolina, the signals sent by this legislation are unambiguous: North Carolina does not value its teachers.
Republicans may actually follow through on their recent promise to give teachers some kind of raise this year. But make no mistake, it has nothing to do with correcting a mistake, and everything to do with smoothing over an issue that could harm them at the polls in November. And teachers know that.