Education funding is turning the tide for Democrats


The GOP's misleading propaganda is losing its luster:

Democrats won elections for governor in both Kentucky and Louisiana. In Virginia, which has a Democratic governor, Democrats won control of both chambers in the legislature for the first time in more than two decades. It’s too much to say that recent elections in the South turned only on education; rather, education fit into the package of factors that led to Democratic victories, which relied heavily on a strong turnout in major cities and on gains against Republicans in suburbs.

Bolding mine, because suburban voters hold the key in both state-wide elections, and in apportioned districts (federal and state). Urban voters are solidly blue while rural voters are strongly red, but the suburban vote is a huge enigma. Well-educated, middle-middle to upper-middle, suburbia also boasts a surprising number of registered Democrats. That doesn't guarantee their vote (trust me), but outreach can generate a positive response. You can also trust me when I say, the GOP spends a lot of time and money blowing smoke up suburban voters' arses. Back to the teachers:

In an analysis of the Kentucky and Louisiana gubernatorial elections, veteran political correspondent Tom Baxter wrote, “These elections reaffirmed two bedrock principles about politicking in the South. It’s good if the sheriffs are on your side, and if the teachers aren’t on your side, it’s very, very bad.”

The North Carolina teacher-pay standoff reflects the wider struggle between the two major political parties over power and governance in the states and nation. In the period of Republican legislative majorities since 2011 in North Carolina, public-school teachers have played a prominent role in the pushback to the GOP agenda. Red-clad teachers have marched in Raleigh to call not only for higher pay but also more robust funding of schools. Educator organizations have supported Cooper’s veto of a Republican-enacted teacher pay raise that he described as “paltry.”

The General Assembly is not expected to return for budget legislation until early January — that is, until after the candidate filing period ends on the Friday before Christmas. How the teacher-pay issue plays out, as well as the forthcoming report in the court case on a sound, basic education, will surely sharpen the great debate over the future of North Carolina’s schools through the 2020 election year.

It might sound glaringly obvious to say, "Teachers are not stupid," but apparently Republicans believe they are. Every session since 2011 Republicans have promoted charter schools and private school vouchers, and they've also cut taxes sometimes more than once per year. Also, those teachers are the ones who cash their paychecks. They know how much they're being paid, regardless of the statistical dance Republicans and their apologists at Civitas go through periodically.

The Governor was right to veto that supposed teacher raise bill. Paltry might have been too kind a word, especially for teachers with less than 15 years experience.