“The overall premise of this bill is to ensure that we have a proper teacher pipeline going into the schools.” - Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R- Wilkes, in response to questions about SB599 on House floor in Raleigh on June 26. Senate Bill 599 is the bill (as Alex Granados from EdNC.org reports), that, “allows organizations … Continue reading The Stench of SB599 – Raleigh Knows Why We Have a Teacher Shortage. They Created It.
“Empty bread, empty mouths combien reaction. Empty bread, empty mouths talk about the passion.” Actually, talk about the lack of compassion. Among all of these loud professions of faith while people still starve and need help, look how much passion has really occurred. Yesterday’s report by the Congressional Budget Office concerning the Senate Republican Health … Continue reading Empty Bread and Empty Mouths – Talk About The Lack of Compassion
The powers that rule in the North Carolina General Assembly have been waging a war against public schools in our state for the last four years. Under the guise of “reform,” GOP conservatives driven by ALEC-crafted policies have successfully enabled and instituted privatization efforts in many forms: unregulated charter school development, expansive growth of unproven … Continue reading North Carolina’s Quest to Make Veteran Teachers Extinct
Dear Sen. Krawiec, We need you to use some of that lard. Remember that tweet you sent earlier this year about the Women’s March in Washington D.C.? Not your best moment. But since you equated lard with brains and the fact that much lard was actually sent to you directly, it might be time to … Continue reading Dear Sen. Krawiec, Use Some of That Lard – Concerning the “No Means No” Non-law
The recent budget that will surely be vetoed by Gov. Cooper did nothing to address specialties in elementary schools in next year’s budget. The fight over class size restriction and keeping the arts in elementary schools will heat up again. Many GOP state lawmakers seem quick to point out that classes such as art, dance, … Continue reading Another Reason the North Carolina General Assembly Should Fund Specialties in Elementary Schools
Even before he dropped the gavel on the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Sen. Jerry Tillman, a notoriously cantankerous Republican from Randolph County, seemed to be in a particularly bad mood. He mumbled about being angry. He barked at audience to take their seats, lest he start selling tickets. And with eight bills to plow through — … Continue reading Dear Sen. Jerry Tillman, You Are Making Treebeard Very Angry and You Can’t Gerrymander Ents
Rarely do I ever reblog anything, but as a public high school teacher in a state whose legislature is bent against public schools, I will gladly share with anyone.
A friend and I were grousing about ignorance run amok.
“Americans get their information from internet memes,” I laughed. “And in the true spirit of democracy, dullards who have never cracked a book will cancel the votes of people who actually have a clue. What could go wrong?”
“You know what the problem is?” Tim challenged. “Our country’s a mess because teachers suck.”
Although I’ve been out of the classroom for a number of years, once a teacher, always a teacher. Plus, I have family and friends still slugging it out in the trenches. I know their battles and the wounds they carry.
“Dude, do you know what teachers endure on a daily basis?” I asked Tim. I found that, no, he didn’t. I fear most Americans might be as clueless.
I emailed a former colleague (she’s two years from retirement) and asked one question: “How has education…
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If you grew up in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, you might be familiar with a landmark television show called Northern Exposure which aired on CBS on Mondays during the 10 PM time slot. It was about a quirky, eccentric small Alaskan town called Cicely who had literally secured the services of an Ivy-League … Continue reading Become An Ordained Teacher Online Now! – Sen. Chad Barefoot’s SB599
Interrogatophobia – (noun) The fear of being asked a straightforward question This post is not to dissect the various times that Betsy DeVos has appeared before a congressional committee to comment on her impending confirmation or her policies for protecting all students under the umbrella of civil rights. As the leader of the nation’s public … Continue reading The Interrogatophobia of Betsy DeVos – Or, The Secretary’s Kryptonite
It is the first day of “summer vacation” and at this time of year I am reminded of the iconic response to a teacher’s letter back in 2014 by one Sen. David Curtis. It’s worth rereading for me at least because Sen. Davis Curtis’s response to Sarah Wiles literally started my foray into public school … Continue reading School is Never Really Over – Thinking of Sen. David Curtis and “Summer Vacations”