Opinion: Raleigh Republicans’ cuts hurt N.C.‘s hope for better teachers
Tuckasegee Reader has this opinion from Rob Schofield:
One of the more interesting political development in North Carolina in recent weeks has been the acknowledgement by state House Speaker Thom Tillis that he and his colleagues erred in their decision to slash the budget of the state Teaching Fellows program.
Tillis now seems to acknowledge that he screwed up when he okayed elimination of the Fellows program (a successful initiative that provides college scholarships to bright high school students if they promise to teach for four years after they graduate) and is apparently open to restoring the funding next year.
Let’s hope also that, while he’s at it, he does a turnaround on a closely related item: funding for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.
Based in the far western mountain town of Cullowhee (with a smaller eastern campus in an old Coast Guard station on Ocracoke Island), N-Cat is a school for teachers. It was founded in the mid-1980’s with a simple, straightforward and utterly logical mission: “to keep our best teachers teaching.”
Though perhaps not as well-known to the public as the Teaching Fellows Program, NCCAT (or “N-Cat” as it’s sometimes referred to) is precisely the kind of public program that our education system desperately needs. ...