The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) – the statewide teachers union associated with the National Education Association (NEA) – is honoring Rep. Rick Glazier with its NCAE President’s Award. The timing and the reasons NCAE gives for the award raise a few eye brows. Glazier will receive the award at 4 PM reception at a Fayetteville public school on October 7. NCAE announced the award on Friday, October 1.
NCAE President Sheri Strickland was effusive in her praise of Glazier. The NCAE web site states:
Every educator in North Carolina who is employed in 2010-2011 owes it the legislative work of Rep. Glazier. Many in the General Assembly wanted to cut K-12 education to balance the $1 billion deficit. Rick worked on a solution and he persisted until every K-12 job was saved.
Curiously, no additional information about the NCAE President’s award or previous recipients was available on the NCAE web site.
FYI. Carolina Strategy Group estimates that Rick Glazier’s Republican challenger for the 45th House District, Jackie Warner, holds a 2 point advantage over Glazier, 41-39 percent. Among likely voters, Warner’s advantage grows to 6 percent (45-39 percent).
Now you know. It was Rep. Glazier who saved every K-12 job. So does that mean we didn’t need to spend all that stimulus money and the nearly $300 million in federal money for education jobs?