CARY—Progress NC today released the following statement in response to the inaugural meeting of Gov. McCrory’s Teacher Advisory Committee:
“We are glad that Gov. McCrory is finally meeting with teachers, but it’s long overdue. Teachers, parents and education advocates around the state have tried to meet with the Governor for months. In June a group of parents tried to meet with the Governor, but instead of listening to their concerns outside the Capitol, McCrory walked outside his office to play a game of catch. He then mocked them by gloating about his dismissive baseball antics on YouTube.
“Parents and educators wanted to talk before he signed a budget that cut teacher assistants, textbooks and classroom supplies and failed to give teachers a badly needed pay increase.
“Parents and educators wanted to talk before McCrory signed off on a tax break for the wealthy that spent $500 million that could have been used for public education.
“They wanted to talk before McCrory went along with a foolish plan to eliminate teacher tenure, shut down the Teaching Fellows Program, and start a private school voucher scheme.
Hopefully, Gov. McCrory will finally listen to educators, but his record suggests that this committee will be little more than a kangaroo court.”
- Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress NC