As the school buses get rolling across North Carolina, one elected official from Asheville is calling for teachers to strike if state lawmakers don’t use a budget surplus to increase teacher pay.
Buncombe County Commissioner Amanda Edwards wrote on Facebook: “The time is right for a statewide teacher strike.” She predicted that K-12 employers would not be able to fire striking teachers because of the shortage of educators. When questioned by a reporter, she said she was merely encouraging a “walk out.”
A local representative for the NC Association of Educators union noted that it’s a misdemeanor for teachers to go out on strike.
Meanwhile, there is a growing movement to restore “classical education.” As the Washington Examiner reports:
“[G.K.] Chesterton articulates so well [this vision] of education being the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next,” Tate said. “But suddenly, there was nother we were passing down. Everything had been dismantled or deconstructed, and there was nothing beautiful or meaningful left to pass down…”