This June, the NC Science Leadership Association will be hosting an “advocacy workshop for Teachers.” The workshop promises, among other things, to allow attendees to “Spend two days learning about how to communicate effectively with lawmakers about issues that are important to you.” The top listed issue of importance, naturally, is teacher pay; with other issues including tenure, curriculum, and teacher certification and evaluation.
The workshop also promises to culminate “with a visit with lawmakers so that you can put what you’ve learned to work.”
Translation: this workshop is designed to train teachers how to lobby for more money and against legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.
With this highly political agenda for the workshop, many may be interested in learning who funds the NC Science Leadership Association. Aside from membership dues, it appears the largest financial supporter is the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NC SMT). The NC SMT is a “partner” and “collaborator” with the Hunt Institute at NC State as well as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
The Hunt Institute receives “generous support from the North Carolina General Assembly”; i.e. your tax dollars. And Z. Smith Reynolds is a major funder of key members of Blueprint NC, the group that last year was publicly outed for their strategy memo desiring to “eviscerate” the new legislative leadership and “cripple their leaders.”
So here we have a case where left-wing groups leverage your tax dollars with far-left organizations to help lobby and advocate for more of your tax dollars.