"Put 30 kids in my classroom and all I do is crowd control."

I had a quick dinner with a friend last night, a middle school teacher, before heading out to listen to Nicholas Kristoff talk about his new book, Half the Sky (more on the book later).

"It works great with 25 kids," he said. "I actually get to teach. At 26 or 27, you can feel the pressure build. It's amazing what a negative impact one or two more can have. Put 30 kids in my classroom and all I do is crowd control."

Crowd control will be the least of my friend's worries if Republicans take charge of our government. Their anti-tax agenda has already pushed thousands of teachers out of classrooms, and they couldn't care less.

It’s the teachers’ turn to absorb some of the pain that they have been spared to date.

This is the Republican plan for North Carolina. If you think things have gotten rough in public schools now, you have no idea.