Ken Spaulding on Education
Private school vouchers will re-segregate our public schools
Spaulding said he welcomed criticism on school choice from Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign: "While Gov. Pat McCrory supports privatizing and weakening North Carolina's public schools at the taxpayers' expense I support strengthening our public
schools through better funding and better teacher pay," Spaulding said. "Taxpayer dollars being used for `private' school vouchers is an admission by the governor that he wants to take children out of public schools instead of enhancing our
public schools. We should make our public schools so competitive that private school children would be seeking to return to our public schools. The Governor's approach to public education is leading to the re-segregation of our public schools.
So no, I will not stop fighting for our public schools and our school teachers. I will oppose the governor and any of his attempts to weaken North Carolina's public school system and the many young children who are being served."
Source: News-Observer on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race
, Jan 26, 2016
Treat public school teachers as professionals, & raise pay
As Governor, I will rebuild our public education system where we are currently falling short and expand on those things that we're doing right.
The very first thing that we all should do is treat our public school teachers with dignity and respect.
In recent years, our teachers have been treated as political pawns and not as professional educators. Our public school teachers are the only PROFESSION which is intricately involved in our lives and our children's lives for at least 12 straight years.
The significant importance of public school teachers in our children's lives and our state's success stands without question.
Therefore, it should also go without question that our teachers deserve to be paid in a manner that reflects their crucial
importance to all of us and the very fabric of our state's future. That is why I, as Governor, will fight for our teachers to be paid ABOVE the national average and not accept anything less.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, KenSpaulding.com
, Jun 25, 2015
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