NC senators take issue on 'walk-in' school action

Posted October 30, 2013

— Some Republican state senators are criticizing activity at a Wake County school next week for a day of action promoted by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Association members and other educators are promoting a teacher "walk-in" Monday at public schools statewide. They want teachers to walk in together to work and parents and elected officials to visit schools. They also want to meet after school to talk about goals to improve schools.

Senate leader Phil Berger's office cited a request for volunteers at one Raleigh elementary school to substitute for teachers briefly while they meet as proof of a "politically-motivated one-hour strike."

"Schools have a duty to educate and protect our children, not serve as marching grounds for political protests orchestrated by unions," Berger and Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, said in a statement. "We are deeply disturbed the NCAE is encouraging teachers to turn their backs on their classrooms and leave their students in the care of strangers who may lack formal training and background checks. Things have reached a new low when a teachers’ union is willing to abandon its core responsibility and jeopardize student safety for its own gain."

NCAE President Rodney Ellis says the substitution may not be the best approach but defended the walk-in and says the group doesn't support a strike.


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  • ricky28501 Nov 4, 2013

    So Phil and Neal are scared.........lol

  • bethraleigh Nov 4, 2013

    48 in the nation in per student spending. 46 in teacher salaries. Shame of the nation.

  • tommys5 Nov 4, 2013

    Why do we need to educate our children when you are spending their futures with federal deficit spending? Then you have the gall to say you care about the chidren.Hypocrisy 101

  • ccsmith1902 Nov 4, 2013

    Berger is criticizing our teachers over a problem HE caused!

  • ccsmith1902 Nov 4, 2013

    Our teachers have every right to be upset. This administration only bullies and are unapproachable. Now Berger is saying a walkout is unnecessary. Berger and McCrory are the ones who need to walk out! And what does it say about this regime that after only 10 months in office a group is called in to promote McCrory's image. That is unprecedented in NC and I guess McCrory just doesn't get how bad that is!

  • perseusomega9 Oct 31, 2013

    You mean people and teachers are upset over tea bagging policies that attempt to dismantle public education. I'm shocked!

  • As if .... Oct 31, 2013

    One can only wait for new election time. These out of touch ,out to lunch Repubs are going to be for a rude awakening.

  • Zoey0815 Oct 31, 2013

    I support our teachers 100%. I want them well-educated, well-paid, and loving their jobs. Unfortunately, our elected officials don't seem to agree. They'd rather abolish estate taxes for the super wealthy than pay our teachers.

  • IPayYouPay Oct 31, 2013

    Looks like our illustrious Republicans are shaking in their boots. Good! They should be! They were against teachers until teachers went out on the Halifax mall and staged a protest. That's right. Somebody's going to stand up to them one day...and it will get worse if the Reps don't back down. It should not have to be this way. All I can say as an unaffiliated independent, I didn't put one single republican in office. Thank you very much!

  • Krimson Oct 31, 2013

    Gary: "No, we have disdain for unions, otherwise known as the fund raising arm of the Democrat Party."

    Your counter to the accusation that the GOP is going after teachers is that the GOP has "disdain for unions", i.e., you don't even attempt to defend against the accusation that the GOP is going after public education...

    It would hilarious if it wasn't so tragic...