Monday, July 22, 2013

Tenure Stripped from All Teachers, Vouchers Enacted, & No Raise Under Budget Deal

So the following is from the NCAE Website. It can be found here. Please, advocate for our teachers, ours schools, and ultimately, our children.


 Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) put the final touches on a General Assembly budget this past weekend, including the trading of of vouchers (Tillis' demand) for stripping teacher tenure (Berger's demand).  The bill will be voted on Tuesday and Wednesday by both chambers and it cannot be amended once it is on the chamber floors.  NCAE is calling for a NO vote on the budget by legislators.  More news to come from NCAE President Rodney Ellis with full analysis later in the day.  

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NCAE needs you to call the NC House all day Monday at


and ask both your Senator and House member to vote NO on the budget.   Start the calls at 9 am and call multiple times and spread the word to your colleagues to do the same.  

NCAE reminds you to be respectful and professional.  Also remember that this was a back room deal between the General Assembly leaders and many Republican legislators are dismayed by this turn of events, especially in the NC House where a bipartisan tenure reform bill passed with only one dissenting vote. 

Talking Points:

Remind your legislators that the Senate tenure plan has never gotten a floor debate in either chamber.  The Senate tenure plan has never been vetted in a House committee.  

Vouchers have never been vetted by a Senate committee.  This is not only bad policy, it's bad process. 

 Here are the budget documents if you care to review. NCAE is working on an analysis and will have another DPB in the afternoon. 

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