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Teachers' Association Endorses Perdue for Governor

Posted September 30, 2007

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— The North Carolina Association of Educators announced on Saturday its endorsement of current-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to be the state's next governor.

A majority of the 70,000-member NCAE voted to support Purdue, a former public school teacher.

“Bev Perdue has been NCAE’s partner in the effort to improve public education in North Carolina for years. She is a committed, determined leader whose record of support for teachers and the profession is second to none,” NCAE president Eddie Davis said.

The NCAE called Perdue "instrumental" in raising state teacher pay from ranking 43rd nationally to 21st while she was Senate budget chair. NCAE officials praised her support of early childhood education, high school reform and affordable college education.

Perdue is fighting State Treasurer Richard Moore to become the Democratic nominee for governor in the fall 2008 election. Despite some already acrimonious exchanges with Moore, her campaign doesn't officially kick off until Monday.

Among Republicans, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and state Sen. Fred Smith are running.

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  • USN Vet Oct 1, 2007

    My spouse teaches in a private school. You deal with a whole new breed of retarded parents when you teach there. They think because they pay a monthly tuition that they own you. They dump their kids on you and expect you to correct all their problems. Many of the children are just spoiled brats who need a good round of discipline, but their pansy parents won't do it so they grow up to be jerks just like mommy and daddy.

  • TechRescue Oct 1, 2007

    Who do NC Dems think they're fooling when they talk about corruption? Black, McAllister, Scott-Phipps, the Black Legislative Caucus scholarships, the lottery, the Southport Marina, etc., etc.,

    Every time I see a "Stop Corruption - Vote Democratic" bumper sticker on a car with NC plates, I burst out laughing. Are you guys really that naive?

  • tbajr Oct 1, 2007

    What is the record of Ms. Perdue and others running for governor
    on Constitutional issues? This seems to be the first area to look at prior to deciding who is best for governor.

  • NCTeacher Oct 1, 2007

    Doodlebug- Stop yelling and do some research.

    We work 10 months and we get paid for 10 months. It is just divided by 12 so we get an installment each month. And all of those holidays and days off everyone likes to talk about- really wind up not being days off. There hasn't been a single day since school started back that I haven't had to spend time doing stuff for school- preparing lessons, grading papers, cleaning my own classroom, etc...

    I would love to know how you determine that our salary is above average. Considering we have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree- we don't compare salarywise to most college educated fields.

  • oldschool Sep 30, 2007

    My wife is a teacher. I can promise you that (if it is possible) this will make both of us even LESS likely to vote for Perdue.

  • RALEIGH DOODLEBUG Sep 30, 2007

    HUMMMMM,,,TEACHERS,,NOW LET ME SEE, OFF A WEEK AT THANKSGIVING ,OFF 2 WEEKS AT CHRISTMAS,OFF A WEEK AT EASTER. WORK 9 MONTHS,,,GET PAID FOR 12 AT ABOVE AVERAGE SALARIES....OFF EVERY WEEKEND AND ALL HOLIDAYS. N.C. STATE STUDENT SCORES AMONG THE LOWEST IN THE NATION, THAT IS IF THEY EVEN CAN PASS..YES TEACHERS, YOU HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT..

  • RALEIGH DOODLEBUG Sep 30, 2007

    NC TEACHER'''' DONT HAVE A FIT AND FALL IN IT!!!

  • NCTeacher Sep 30, 2007

    djofraleigh- Of course, the NCAE is more for teachers- that is why it is the NC Association of Educators. There are plenty of groups that fight for student rights- why shouldn't the teachers have a group to look after their rights?

    And no one is required to join NCAE. I don't join because it is kind of expensive on a teaching salary. And I don't agree with all of their beliefs and practices. But many teachers do and that is their right.

  • djofraleigh Sep 30, 2007

    The NCAE came out for Perdue before she was even running, and now they make the news doing it again?

    I can't vote for Perdue EVER until she has been investigated as one of the ring leaders of TRICK session of the Assembly, which by hook and crook got the lottery passed after the session was called to an end, got it passed when a majority of members were against it, got it passed by 'tricking' two members to leave town, then getting a tie vote, which Bev Perdue decided HERSELF by design by ending the tie with her vote as Lt Gov.

    Black was the champion of the lottery crookery, and he got MONEY for it, so WHY would I not think PERDUE got hidden consideration for her BIG role in the sham of democracy?

    I'd accept something as simple as a lie detector test by PERDUE, by Basnight, Garwood and a couple of others.

    As for the teacher's association, the NCAE is more for the teachers than the students, but that is expected. Doesn't mean the public will vote that way, just teachers.

  • pbjbeach Sep 30, 2007

    it appears to me as a state employee that regardless of who you vote for in the upcoming governors election in 2008 that it is a lose lose for state employees so it is a case of d--- if you do an d--- if you dont.the only state employees that there are in this state any more are only teachers as that they are they only group of state employees that this adminstration has tried to look out for with regards to explemplary pay raise an to h--- with anyone else in state government the democrates have turned the department of transportation over to the republicans to run.an we all know what a great sucess that has been for the last past eight years. where everything has been turned over to contractors to get accomplished through the contracting process just go look at I-40 15/501 an the sections of crumbling pavement on us-64 between taroboro ann williamston idrive this section daily thank you

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