Q: North Carolina has made headlines for its teacher pay and overall education. What do you think of the legislation that was recently passed? What should the next steps be?
A: Only in politics can a $1-Billion dollar education budget increase in the last 4-years under Republican leadership be called a $500M budget cut. The fact is the General Assembly has increased total education funding in NC every single year since 2010. Education spending in NC accounts for approximately 60% of the State’s budget. In the US we spend more per child for education than any other country in the world. We need to remove politics from the classroom. The education establishment in D.C and Raleigh has to start embracing accountability and not failure. I want to pay our teacher’s more and increase classroom resources while holding everyone accountable. Having earned my Master’s degree while working a full time job I understand the dedication and commitment that’s required for this accomplishment. That said, I want to restore the pay increase for teachers who earn a Master’s Degree.