Yesterday’s Under the Dome mentions how the Dalton campaign has launched a new group to reach out to educators called “Educators for Dalton” The group’s web site lists twenty-two names. While the Dome post mentions leaders from the North Carolina Association of Educators figure prominently among the group’s members, a quick review shows all the individuals on the list are currently members or officers of NCAE or have been in the past. Now there is nothing wrong with that. I’d fight for anyone’s right to join or associate with whatever group he or she chooses. The problem is the campaign’s implication that this is broad-based support.
Earlier this week I attended the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Being an election year there were numerous lawmakers and public officials in attendance. There was a debate between June Atkinson and John Tedesco (see video here) and on Monday evening Speaker Thom Tillis gave after dinner remarks. On Tuesday Pat McCrory had plenty of time to speak to attendees, because Sen. Dalton refused multiple invitations to a proposed debate.
Reaching out to educators? I guess Sen. Dalton is only interested if you’re a certain type of educator.