This week over 50 business leaders filed a statement urging the NC Supreme to back a judge’s order to fund the Leandro plan.
And that’s good. But they could have done it earlier.
What’s even more egregious is that no lawmakers within Berger’s own political party have never raised voices in the public ear for the sake of public schools.
In the past ten years, Sen. Phil Berger has spearheaded as many attacks against public schools and the people who work in them as any lawmaker in the country.
1. Teacher Pay Kept Well Below National Average
2. Removal of Due-Process Rights
3. Graduate Degree Pay Bumps Removed
4. Retiree Health Benefits Removed For New Teachers
5. Push for Merit Pay and Bonus Pay
6. Removal of Longevity Pay
7. Health Insurance and Benefits
8. Attacks on Teacher Advocacy Groups (NCAE)
9. Reorganization and a Weakening of the Department of Public Instruction
10. Less Money Spent per Pupil When Adjusted For Inflation
11. Remove Caps on Class Sizes
12. School Grading System
13. Cutting Teacher Assistants
14. Read to Achieve
15. Educational Savings Accounts
16. Opportunity Grants
17. Charter Schools
18. Innovative School Districts
19. Reduction of Teacher Candidates in Colleges
20. Elimination & Reinventing of Teaching Fellows Program
21. Frozen Salaries For Years 15-24
22. Ignorance of LEANDRO Decision
23. Budget Taking Three Years To Pass
Can’t remember when a lawmaker in the NC GOP publicly spoke against what Phil Berger has done to public education in North Carolina. And despite what they may claim in private, when they had a chance to publicly tell North Carolinians that they would work for public schools, they did not go against Senator Phil Berger.
On behalf of the kids.