DAG McCrory still trying to divide teachers

Creating a "market-based" teacher salary system:

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina should pay its technology, math and science teachers more than some other educators. McCrory's remarks came during a brief appearance at the N.C. Technology Association's Outlook for IT event in Charlotte on Friday.

He told the capacity crowd at the Hilton Center City that North Carolina needs to improve the quality of education it provides in the areas of technology, math and science. To do that, he said the state should consider paying higher wages to teachers specializing in those fields.

Hopefully he was just doing what he always does, pander to the crowd in front of which he's standing. Because if he isn't, it proves he's a dunce that has no business setting education policy. No matter how much you pay your STEM teachers, if students don't have a solid grounding in language and reading comprehension, they will be unable to grasp and follow instruction in the technical categories. Education is one of those areas in which "the market" simply has no relevance, but I fear many Republicans don't have the ability to comprehend that.

Comments

This is wrong minded

Teachers in North Carolina have historically been paid below the national average. This has been the case regardless which political party has been in power. Raising teacher's pay should be across the board and not be "subject-specific". Yes, I understand that maybe teachers with specialized fields could very well receive higher pay than other fields, but even with that it is a slippery slope.

First order of business should be to give ALL teachers a raise to equal at least the national average. Only after that should there be some consideration on compensation for more specialized fields.

We knew this was coming

When DAG McCrony and the tea baggers promised teacher raises during this session, we knew it wouldn't be a simple matter of raising teacher pay as much as the state can afford.

No, they will have to attach a bunch of strings to put a right-wing slant on it, and then they'll also claim that there isn't enough money because of Medicaid cost overruns.

Expect any teacher pay raises in this session to range from woefully inadequate to pathetic.

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