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McCrory unveils new teacher program

Posted November 14, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory announced a new initiative Thursday to connect educators with businesses.

McCrory unveiled his new "Teachers At Work" program along with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, a group created under the first administration of former Gov. Jim Hunt. 

McCrory said "there's a disconnect" between schools and jobs in North Carolina. 

"We want to make sure that we have teachers – have a better understanding of what the workforce demands are, so they can adjust the curricula to to what the workforce demands are," he said.

"In addition, we want the private sector and businesses to understand some of the teacher demands that they have on their plate," the governor added. "It’s a two-way street." 

It's not clear yet how teachers would be selected to be part of the program. McCrory said he expects they will be advising his Teachers Advisory Group. 

The governor also announced he's looking at various options for increasing teacher pay, especially for those just entering the state workforce. 

"One is a front-load option to ensure first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-year teachers can afford to stay in the teaching profession," he said. "Right now, the increase in their pay is happening so slowly that many of them may leave after the first several years, when we’re losing potential good career teachers for life."

He also said he's considering "market-based" proposals to pay science and math teachers more because they're the most difficult for school districts to attract and retain.

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  • jackaroe123 Nov 19, 2013

    See, it's completely ridiculous for him to keep saying "teachers" when curriculum decisions are made well over our heads. We're being scapegoated.

    And if it's the job of schools to prepare kids for jobs, bring back voc ed. Until then, the job of schools is to educate, including content knowledge in broad subjects and thinking skills. The work place can train well-educated graduates for a specific job themselves when the time comes.

    This "two-way street" Gov McCrory speaks of seems like one of those adjustable traffic flows where you can have 4 lanes going one way and just one going the other way. Teachers again get short shrift.

  • GovernmentMule Nov 19, 2013

    "The Tea Party is chock-full of these "patriots" who long for the good 'ol days of the 1950's..." - SARC

    You do know, don't you, that Chris Matthews is not the only person on TV. You know that, right? I would have thought that by now you and the other 2 viewers of MSNBC would have realized that.

  • tracmister Nov 19, 2013

    The TEA Party, Alec, Pope, and the likes are the real power. McCrory is a talking puppet with no real power.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 19, 2013

    "The point here being the unmitigated hypocrisy of the liberal/leftist/socialist minions who want to completely condemn McCrory for his positive actions after only 10 monthsl"

    Josephlawrence, its not just McCrory's 10 month role, but also the NCGA who have held power since 2010, and the ones who decide whether or not there will be teacher raises.

    I will point out to you again that prior to Dems taking control of the state, 100 years ago, NC was the poorest in the South, and the citizens demanded a change. Since that undertaking, NC is now ranked one of the top states in the South, and a majority of citizens would hate to see us lose that rank due to to the tea party and their hatred of educated citizens.

    "history seems to be lost on some of those whose preference it is to automatically belittle and condemn any Republican/conservative"

    One doesn't to look to hard (education) to find major mistakes Republicans have made since 2010, that will effect this state for years to come.

  • SARCASTICLES Nov 19, 2013

    I'm not a liberal, a leftist, a socialist, or anybody's minion.

    I was born in Raleigh, and raised down on the farm in Harnett county. I've never been a communist, I own guns, and I've worked my whole life.

    I'm just like millions of other native North Carolinians, who were proud of living in the most progressive southern state until these ALEC sponsored Americans With Prosperity hijacked our government for outside corporate interests.

    I was born and raised around conservative republicans, and I can say for sure there ain't a real one in sight in Raleigh OR Washington today.....they're Neocons, bought and paid for by their rich masters.

    They don't have your best interests in mind, they just need your votes......seen those attack ads from Americans With Prosperity that are pushing the "women, families, and small businesses" talking points?

    How can you NOT see through this?

  • SARCASTICLES Nov 19, 2013

    While we agree with you in spirit, be not deceived...McCrory isn't crazy. He's a corporate, fascist shill, owned by ALEC and the Koch brothers.

    Ever notice that whenever his actions are met with backlash, he trots off to a fundraiser at the Heritage Foundation instead of listening to the people of North Carolina?

    The ALEC-sponsored legislature and Pat McCrory know exactly what they're doing.....to accomplish as much political payback and pass corporate written laws as fast as they can before their gerrymandering software gets rendered obsolete by changing demographics.....therefore booting them out for at least another 100 years, if not permanently.

  • josephlawrence43 Nov 19, 2013

    Bill Brasky: The point here being the unmitigated hypocrisy of the liberal/leftist/socialist minions who want to completely condemn McCrory for his positive actions after only 10 months while conveniently ignoring the past 100 plus years of Democratic control and subsequent runination of this state. But, then again, history seems to be lost on some of those whose preference it is to automatically belittle and condemn any Republican/conservative purely because they are Republican. And no one wants to point out that little bucket of hypocrisy.

  • Lifeliving Nov 19, 2013

    Better worry about keeping the teacher you have now before we leave this crazy place!

  • Lifeliving Nov 19, 2013

    To bad the rest of my post was to much...but to sum it up. McCroy is full of it!

  • Lifeliving Nov 19, 2013

    This man is crazy!
    1"One is a front-load option to ensure first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-year teachers can afford to stay in the teaching profession," he said. "Right now, the increase in their pay is happening so slowly that many of them may leave after the first several years, when we’re losing potential good career teachers for life." Teacher are already leaving and I do not blame them! YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTEN TO US A LONG TIME AGO YOU FOOL!
    2.The governor also announced he's looking at various options for increasing teacher pay, especially for those just entering the state workforce.
    "One is a front-load option to ensure first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-year teachers can afford to stay in the teaching profession," he said. "Right now, the increase in their pay is happening so slowly that many of them may leave after the first several years, when we’re losing potential good career teachers for life." HE/THEY NEED TO KEEP WHAT LITTLE BIT OF TEACHERS NC

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