June Atkinson (D), our state’s superintendent of public instruction, is turning to that old saw that proves to be a winner for politicians again and again: Teachers need to be paid more.
Let’s see. A Democrat-controlled legislature paid no attention to her on this subject. Democrat governors Easley and Perdue paid no attention to her. What does that say about her effectiveness as an advocate for classroom teachers?
Ol’ June (yeah, she is old) says we’re experiencing a teacher shortage because the state ranks 46th nationally in teacher pay.
Though, June ought to consider the impact her beloved common core curriculum is having on teacher morale. I know plenty of public school teachers in my community — personally — who say that implementation of common core will be the last straw that pushes them out of the education field altogether. The only people loving this common core thing are the six-figure earning edu-crats in public school system central offices and university education departments around the country.
School officials have admitted that they will need significantly higher funding to handle the common core startup.