North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson seems to be on the warpath to stop the proposed one-day teacher strike scheduled for May 1. I’ve already written about some of the socialist symbolism surrounding the potential event here. I say Johnson is on the “warpath,” but what I really mean is he is merely injecting a bunch of logic into a partisan pep rally to help bolster and elect more Left-wing Democrats in North Carolina.
Need proof? Along with continually politicizing teacher pay raises, the NCAE will be rallying for Medicaid expansion during their one-day strike.
Johnson has asked teachers and the NCAE to organize their rally during a non-school day when the General Assembly is in session. One of the main reasons for his ask makes a lot of sense. It’s a point I brought up on a recent radio interview in Onslow County. A lot of students on the eastern side of the state have missed a bunch of school days from Hurricane Florence. Some parts like Onslow County were out of school for weeks and weeks. Johnson also cited snow days too for students in other parts of North Carolina.
This from a letter from Johnson cited by the News & Observer:
“More than 1 million students missed at least one day of school due to (Hurricane) Florence alone – and more than 160,000 students missed 10 or more days because of that same storm,”Johnson said in the letter.
Johnson asked educators to consider what missing a day of work might mean for non-certified staff, who may miss out on paid hours.
“As you consider the different ways you can influence your state government, I ask that as an alternative to Wednesday, May 1, you consider taking action on a day when schools are not in session,” Johnson said.
In an era where everything is being politicized and there is an unending appetite for more power, I’m guessing Hurricane victims who have missed out on considerable instruction will be forced to take a backseat to another NCAE rally.
This despite NCAE President Mark Jewell claiming kids need to be in school in an article from October:
“We’re very concerned with the loss of learning,” said Mark Jewell, the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which represents the state’s public school employees. “They need to be back in school.”
Jewell says he’s concerned but clearly not enough to make partisan politics subservient to public education across the state.