TEACHER RAISES? YES. BUT RAISE STANDARDS, TOO.

Roy Cooper wants another half billion dollars for teacher raises. Another double-digit raise: 10%. That probably polls well. But does the public really know what teachers really make? In the last three years, the Legislature’s reform majority raised teacher pay 15% to an average salary of nearly $50,000. Add another $16,400 in benefits – lifetime […]

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CHOICES AND COOPERATION

In his budget and State of the State address, Governor Cooper dumped a grab bag full of spending notions on the table while avoiding choices. Example: The Governor wants double-digit raises for teachers who already average about $50,000 a year. Equal raises for good teachers and bad teachers. Nothing about rewarding our best with bigger […]

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VOTERS SHOULD GET CHANCE TO MAKE SCHOOL CHOICE PERMANENT

Governor Cooper’s budget denies parents an opportunity to choose a better school for their child by eliminating opportunity scholarships going forward. So what? Cooper is facing a veto proof majority, right? So his budget is dead on arrival. But what about next year’s election? The U. S. Supreme Court has Redistricting on the docket that […]

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COOPER GOES BACK TO SPENDING

Governor Cooper’s billion dollar spending increase budget blows through spending limits envisioned by the Taxpayer Protection Act – a 5.1% spending hike, or over twice the 2.3% budget restraint the conservative majority has delivered over the past four years. It’s over a billion dollar increase in the first year. Upwards of $1.7 billion in the […]

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LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE VOTER ID

After winning a narrow victory where charges of voter fraud abounded, Roy Cooper has dropped the state’s defense of determining a voter’s true name by requiring them to show a Photo ID just when you get on an airplane, cash a check or buy certain medicines. It is legally questionable, at best, since the Legislature […]

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DON’T PAY THEM

A suggestion: The legislature should cut off salary money for Governor Cooper’s ghost cabinet secretaries. And we mean ghost secretaries because, according to Roy Cooper, they haven’t yet been appointed. Cooper is fighting tooth and nail to keep his cabinet secretaries out of the Senate confirmation room. Larry Hall no-showed again today, for the third […]

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