It is theorized that one of the reasons that the recent General Assembly session was so quickly finished was to hopefully allow the emotional and visceral reactions to the recent budget to possibly subside a little. Maybe allow for people to forget what happened and let time work some magic in the memories of public school teachers and advocates.
Almost six months divides that day in May with Election Day in November.
Two of those months have already passed. And the new school year will be starting in a little over one month.
So, what can be done between now and November? Lots.
- You can canvas for political candidates who are pro-public education.
- You can make sure that friends and relatives are apprised of the current situation in North Carolina’s public education system and make sure that they are voting.
- You can join education activist efforts to help galvanize more and more people. Red4EdNC.com is a great place to start.
- You can call or email your legislators about issues and ask questions.
- Be sure to look at local elections for school boards and county / city commissioners and make sure which ones are most sensitive to the plight of public schools.
- Connect with others on social media and spread the word.
- Volunteer to register voters and maybe even drive some to the polls.
- Find out about early voting and absentee voting options and help those in your family or circle of friends who may need these avenues to participate.
- If you are not a teacher, then volunteer at a school in the early fall or go to events sponsored by the school and take others with you so they can see how important public schools are.
- Wear Red 4 Ed.
- Wear spirit wear from your local schools.
- Remember what 20,000 teachers looked like on May 16th and how much that rattled the current powers-that-be.