Editorial: N.C. school administrators' should side with schools, not politicians

Posted May 17, 2018 5:00 a.m. EDT

May 15, 2018 N.C. Association of School Administrators letter to legislators

CBC Editorial: Thursday, May 17, 2018; Editorial # 8302
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

What are they thinking? The N.C. Association of School Administrators need to make sure the people who work for them, particularly classroom teachers, are respected as professionals and that the public schools they lead receive the necessary financial support from the General Assembly.

But that’s not what comes through in the letter (above) the organization’s executive director sent to members of the legislature on the eve of the N.C. teachers’ “Rally for Respect.”

No one expects the administrators to publicly support missing a day of school. Nobody likes that. They could have just stayed quiet about it.

But it’s neither astute nor appropriate to OPPOSE the rally. The letter is an abandonment of their employees. Administrators need to stand up for, and with, their employees when they make such a strong case for what they need to do their jobs well.

If the association had been doing its job, teachers wouldn’t have been left with no other choice but to RELUCTANTLY leave their classes to be heard in Raleigh. The letter is another example of a state association choosing to avoid confrontation with the legislative leadership, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger. Everybody knows they only increase public school support when the public demands it.

This General Assembly has neglected our public schools – including administrators where average principal pay is worst in the nation. What more evidence does this organization need to know its approach isn’t working?

If the N.C. Association of School Administrators’ letter represents the views of the membership, it is an abandonment of the teachers and, more importantly, the students they are charged with leading.

This association and these administrators need the courage to stick up for schools, communities and employees. Leadership is acting, not reacting – and standing up when times demand it. Now is that time.

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