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Public Schools First NC walks with teachers

Trying stop the GOP from eating our seed corn:

Far from tweaking the teacher evaluation process, current legislation takes away an educator’s career status – turning our teachers into temporary, year-to-year contractors without protection for retaliatory or arbitrary firing. Forcing teachers on contracts will eventually lead to legal issues, lower teacher morale and their continued exodus out of public schools.

The elimination of additional pay for earning advanced degrees denies the value of continued professional development, which research ties to student achievement. Efforts to establish merit pay sets up competition with little financial reward and destroys the cooperation and teamwork that is the heart and soul of excellent teaching. Students benefit when teachers collaborate and share best practices with one another.

Divide and conquer is the standard operating procedure for the destroyers in the NC Republican Party. Tossing one piece of meat into a group of fifty starving dogs and betting on how many will survive the melee is the height of entertainment for people like this, but smart teachers know that meat is tainted.

GOP outreach to black voters: start out with lies, then work from there

A doctor should know better:

Fisher, during an interview this week, accused N.C. NAACP President William Barber of being inflammatory. “Some of the things he’s saying are not in the bill,” she said.

Fisher, who has long supported voter ID, said when one strips away the misconceptions and confusion, the measure simply ensures that only citizens vote.

“It is not a voter suppression effort in any respect. If it were something like that, I wouldn’t stand for it,” she said.

And if the bill was merely what you say it is, it wouldn't be 38 pages long. This kind of outright misleading rhetoric won't get very far with African-American voters, although it might be readily accepted by the readers of NC Renegade, of which Dr. Fisher is a frequent contributor. And yes, if you're a black woman wanting to be accepted on that site, you better know the magic anti-government incantations. Such as this one:

NC's final Energy Star tax holiday this weekend

Saving energy reduces your carbon footprint and gives your wallet a break:

Products exempt during the event include washing machines, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

The state’s Energy Star appliance tax holiday and the sales-tax holiday, an annual shopping event in August when consumers get a tax break on certain purchases such as clothing, school supplies and computers, were eliminated when North Carolina House Bill 998 was signed into law in July by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Because taxes are bad, and they put an unnecessary burden on...wait a minute. They're doing away with the tax breaks? And Governor McEnergy signed the bill? On second thought, that does make sense. You can't very well justify jacking up the rates and building new coal-fired power plants if people become so Efficient (former Third "E") you end up with a surplus of power.

Republicans continue to spin teacher walk-in

Trying to use it as a weapon against Roy Cooper:

Both lawmakers called on state Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate the situation. “Schools have a duty to educate and protect our children, not serve as marching grounds for political protests orchestrated by unions,” Berger and Hunt said in a joint statement Wednesday. “We are deeply disturbed the NCAE is encouraging teachers to turn their backs on their classrooms and leave their students in the care of strangers who may lack formal training and background checks.”

“If the Senate was so concerned about students they wouldn’t have drastically shortchanged our public schools,” Cooper said in a written statement. “I can understand why teachers are beyond frustrated, but I don’t think they should leave the classroom.”

When I read that tripe from Berger and Hunt I almost fell over in my chair. But I will let one of the commenters on this article explain why:

DAG McCrory gets his "Three E's" mixed up

The word "Efficiency" is apparently too complex for immediate memory recall:

The event at Blandwood drew about 100 guests to hear McCrory and Martin, the honorary Morehead Forum chairman, say they hope the conference series that debuts next year helps bring the state as many good things as Gov. Morehead did with his focus on railroad construction, other forms of transportation and public education.

“Whether Republican or Democrat, education, economic development and energy, these are the things we have to have in this state,” said McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown after his family relocated from Columbus, Ohio.

I'm not sure "focus" is one of our current Governor's strong suits. And no offense to Taft Wireback, but this is not a direct quote. I just watched (News14) McCrory make his statement, and he rattled off the education and economic development just fine, but then did a squirrel-in-the-middle-of-the-road thing with his head before blurting out "Energy!" And if he hadn't been a former(?) Duke Energy employee, the missing "E" might just as easily have been "Eggs!" or "Elephants!" For God's sake, there's only three of them. Even a pre-k student can keep up with that many important words.

More lies from the Governor on shutdown fiasco

The rewriting of history continues:

"We did not shut off WIC. What we did was the right thing and warned people that if the shutdown would have continued that means we would not have had the money to pay for it," said McCrory.

On October 8th, The Department of Health and Human Services discontinued issuing WIC benefits. At that point, DHHS said 80-percent of the recipients already received their checks.

Someone needs to explain to the DAG that "discontinued" is synonymous with "shut off." On second thought, get rid of the big word and just tell him they mean the same thing.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The rumors of a smooth process were greatly exaggerated:

DAG McCrory's privatized Commerce child headed for trouble

Choosing a faulty pattern:

A new national report says a proposed privatization of economic development in North Carolina may create scandals instead of jobs.

In Indiana, which North Carolina is using as a model, a state audit found more that 40 percent of the jobs promised by companies recruited to the state never materialized. The Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s representative in China has been accused of soliciting bribes from companies, the report states.

There's nothing wrong with bribery. Bribery is just the free market sorting itself out.

The NC GOP's next step: taxpayer-funded religious schools

Beware of a Colorado private school wolf in sheep's clothing:

This week, the North Carolina Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members were getting an in depth look at an out (of) the box school district. The Douglas County, Colorado school district is far from North Carolina's borders, but some leaders believe they might have some ideas that could be used close to home.

“We have school systems that keep saying we need to do things differently,” Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a Cabarrus County republican, said. “Well maybe give them some options of how to do things differently.”

Your first question was probably the same as mine: "How in the world did a school system in Colorado come to the attention of North Carolina lawmakers?" I'm sure many would almost immediately dismiss that as irrelevant, like some of our Democratic lawmakers did, and move on to some of the (chosen) details of the school district's program:

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