How public schools will reopen on August 17 is a hot topic right now, particularly for teachers, parents and students.
According to a social media post, on Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m., North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper participated in a “Members Only Tele-Townhall” with the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). According to a note from the Guilford County Association of Educators (GCAE), only “dues paying members” were invited to participate.
Dues paying members of the NCAE presumably had an opportunity to lobby Cooper and ask questions about what the plans were for the upcoming school year.
According to Civitas, the NCAE membership makes up between 15 percent and 23 percent of the teachers in North Carolina. Not even close to a majority of teachers are dues paying members of the NCAE, but only these teachers who are members of the teachers’ union were afforded to opportunity to meet virtually with Cooper.
There doesn’t appear to be anything scheduled to offer the majority of teachers in the state who are not members of the NCAE an opportunity to meet virtually with Cooper to exchange views and ideas.
Cooper has offered public school systems in the state two options for opening on August 17. One is to not hold any in person classes and meet virtually as the schools did in the spring semester this year.
The other option is to open at 50 percent capacity with at least six feet between students in the classroom and everyone required to wear masks all the time. School buses are also only allowed to have one child per row, which greatly reduces the capacity and would dramatically increase transportation costs.
The option that Cooper did not allow was to have regular classes even with restrictions on social distancing and requiring masks.
The Guilford County Board of Education is scheduled to make its decision on how schools will reopen in Guilford County on Tuesday, July 28.
Great article, John. He only listens to those who give him money and are in lock step with his dictatorship over our state.
There are many teachers who can’t stand this self-righteous clown. I’m one of them.
Thanks for pointing out many of us want nothing to do with NCAE. They cost us a raise this year. They were silent when Perdue gutted our profession in 2009 and 10.
They like to say Republicans are evil. Well, I know financially I’ve done better with raises and benefits under Republican governors, and have suffered under Democratic ones. I’m glad I don’t live or teach in a state where I’d have to be a member as a condition of employment.
Don’t worry Cooper will be out in November hallelujah
Was this clearly a non-named campaign event? It could appear to be.
15-23% of all teachers? One must assume “dues paying” includes a little sweetener for Ol’ Roy and his cronies.
Cooper is in the pocket of the leftist NCAE. They work 9 months a year, knock off at 3:00pm, enjoy Rolls-Royce healthacare which we taxpayers are forced to pay for, get to retire after 30 years, and produce the worst educated students in the Western World.
That’s what you get with a government monopoly (one which attempts to crush any competition).
What revolting self-serving prima donnas – for they perennially present themselves as underpaid saints. Funny that, because the average pay for a teacher is around $54,000/year, plus the benefits. Not bad for incompetents who work a part-time job.
You are full of it! You have no idea the work teachers do. I am sure you could not carry out the duties teachers must do on a daily basis. Teachers educate our children and I am grateful for the work they do. They are continually disrespected by shallow minded people like yourself. Luckily, there are many others who don’t share your feeble opinion.
No – you’re full of it, and you are the one who’s spouting assertions and opinion. I just state the facts.
American students are always graded about 27th in the World (behind many Third World countries).
American teachers work nine months a year.
The average pay for teachers in NC is $54,000/year.
And that’s in addition to “our” government schools being an open sewer of bullying, violence, sexual predation, indifference and ineptitude.
I have to agree with Bass ,it is the year to show Coop the door.All teachers are given the ides that if a lawsuit is brought against a teacher then they will be with them every step of the way in court.In my 20 years in Greensboro ,I have not heard of one teacher being sued by a parent or child .So 20 years of dues to give to the Democratic Party has not helped the teachers one bit . It has helped Ol Roy .But Ol Roy gets a ton of money from California,New York and places outside NC He does not need the small donations by the people of NC . I am ready for Pl Roy to move on up to a big law firm outside the state.lets get together and vote these Dems out of power and get a group in that will get teacher raises as the Republicans have done since Beverly screwed up and did not give any raises to teachers .Can’t you teachers that voted for Roy see that .The N C senate tried to give teachers a big raise and bonus but Ol Roy vetoed the bill because he wanted the Illegals to have Medicare.In which your taxes would go up to pay for the 1/2 million illegals to have Medicare. An add that is running now says that Tom Tillis voted against a bill to cut 1/2 million people in NC out of Medicare. What a crock!!!!
My ex was a rabid NCAE member, who would at the polls at the crack’o dawn, and gleefully jerk that big lever on the LEFT. I KNOW the NCAE, who are like….. “what’s in it for us”?
What we had was an exclusive meet-up for Big Coop to hand out manna to his People.
This man is the biggest lier . We want NC BACK OPEN I can’t wait until November to vote this lier out . SWER RAT.