Teacher raises funded by other education cuts

In their big press conference yesterday, Phil Berger & the Bergerettes loudly proclaimed that they were going to provide the largest teacher pay raise ever in North Carolina's history. When asked how they would pay for it, they were...er...much less loud.

During a news conference Tuesday, Senate leaders bragged that their spending plan would be the largest pay increase for teachers in the state's history. But they declined to say at the time how they would fund that pay boost without a tax increase.

Today we see why they weren't telling how they plan to fund the teacher raises: they want to slash teacher assistants and slash other education funding to pay for teacher raises.

Budget documents released late Wednesday night give details of the spending plan and suggest that cuts to teaching assistants in early-grade classrooms will pay for roughly half of the salary plan.

Senate budge writers save $233.1 million a year by cutting funding for classroom teachers in kindergarten through third grade in half. The new funding formula would provide teaching assistants only in kindergarten and first grade.

Keep in mind that this is on top of last year's slashes to teacher assistants and removing class size caps. And that the NC Senate proposal requires teachers to give up career status ("tenure") in order to get the raises.

So, NC teachers: if you're willing to

  • give up tenure
  • give up your teacher assistant
  • accept larger class sizes
  • accept fewer teachers in your school
  • work harder
  • and generally do more with less (as if that's even possible, after years of doing more with less)

then you can get a nice raise.

Teachers deserve a nice raise. Teachers don't deserve to endure worse working conditions to get a raise.


Pay no attention

to the Berger behind the curtain.

As is typical with a Berger budget, it includes the requisite cruelty (slashing education funding, especially teacher assistants, to fund teacher raises) but it also includes a healthy dose of dishonesty, hand waving and smoke and mirrors:

In addition to cuts, the Senate budget appears to rely heavily on savings and the anticipation that tax revenues will begin to grow modestly in the coming fiscal years to fund the teacher salaries.

In other words, they will pretend that something will happen that they know damn well is never going to happen. NC faces nearly half a billion dollar revenue shortfall this year. With their insistence on cutting Art Pope's taxes, pretending that new revenues will be sufficient to fund the state's expenses, including teacher raises, is delusional.

So Phil is either delusional or he know better and he's lying.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

With plans like this ...

... bookies in Vegas will start taking bets on how many teachers quit during the next school year.

The over-under

could approach 20%.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

More on education budget cuts

Or should that be moron education budget cuts:

Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that budget writers "took about $390 million out of K-12 to put into the teacher salary."

Of that total, $233 million comes from cuts to teaching assistants in second- and third-grade classrooms. TAs in kindergarten and first grade would remain funded.

"That's just the way it is," Tillman said.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

It proposes to close Elizabeth City State

The Republicans want to close "unprofitable" colleges in the UNC system.

AKA Historically Black Colleges

Racist assholes.


“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

They've been threatening

to close some HBCUs, in particular ECSU, for awhile now. They'll keep bringing it up until they can ram it through.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Their stupid response

to most everything is that local govt (city, county) can fund it. They want school board to do local funding for the teacher assistants the NC GOP wants to cut. They want local communities to fund driver education and school nurses.

At the same time, they constrain local government's ability to raise revenue and know full well that their tax cuts for Art Pope and friends will require local tax increases to maintain services as the legislators slash and burn the state.

Horrible, selfish, twisted, disgusting, cruel, sick.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis