Education is the most valuable gift we can give to our kids. Our own legacy can shine through in the next generations. Not just any education, however. An education that instills the skills to be productive, happy and prosperous in their adult lives. Too often, entrenched politicians claim “if we only had more money!” the problems in our education system would be fixed. We have been spending more and more money on the problem for many years yet improvement is slow. If more targeted funding is needed then we can work that out. Our education system consistently ranks behind other countries with lesser resources than we have. That must mean that there are other problems, besides funding, to be fixed.
One major problem is teacher retention rates and I believe this is because of the lack of consistent annual raises based on years of service. I will propose tying annual pay increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is the official rate of price inflation. If wages do not, at least, increase along with the CPI then teachers fall further and further behind economically. Eventually, a good teacher will leave to seek greener pastures in another state and that’s bad for retention and classroom stability. We must start there.
What are those other problems? What is broken? How can Raleigh help our kids succeed? I need your help!
I would like to hear what you think those other problems are, so please email me or call me with your thoughts, suggestions, complaints. I admit that I do not have all of the answers, but, with your input, I think we can act together to find meaningful solutions for the kids and for our state. The future depends on it! I ask for your vote on May 8th so we can get started.