The North Carolina Associate of Educators (NCAE), a state affiliate of the national teacher’s union (NEA), is surveying its membership of school employees to determine how many days they are willing to miss work (strike) to pressure the legislature to increase teacher pay and increase Medicaid funding. The survey is being administered by the NCAE’s 2020 Racial and Social Justice Caucus.

The efforts to promote a strike of North Carolina teachers and school employees is more evidence that the state’s public education system has become a key player in political gamesmanship- a sad reflection on how little value certain education professionals and political leaders put on education. It’s more about promoting a political agenda based on money and influence and less about education.

Mark Jewell,

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