By Joe Mavretic, Former Speaker, NC House and NC SPIN panelist
Republican strategists must be salivating over Gary Pearce’s “Focus on the sweet spot-Education.”
If education is the Democratic Brand for North Carolina, then the Democrats are in for a pounding. Fifty years of Democratic Education Governors-what’s our unemployment rate? Extra pay for teachers with MAT degrees-what’s our dropout rate? Teacher aides, twenty in a classroom, early-childhood education, more teacher training – why do we spend so much on remediation? Why do we score so poorly in math tests-because elementary teachers love kids and hate math! Why do we fall short at least three thousand teacher graduates every year-because the Democrats haven’t pushed the University System of North Carolina. Of the sixteen university campuses, where do the bottom half rank nationally?
Here’s the yardstick the Republicans will use to measure the Democratic Education Brand:
” The purpose of spending half of every county’s budget and half the General Fund for education is: To graduate good citizens with the skills needed in the market place and the ability to enjoy life.”
How’s that Democratic Education Brand been doing for half a century?
What’s the graduation rate from public schools? From community colleges? From the university system?
Good citizens? How many in prison? Voter turnout? Clean roadsides?
Job skills? What’s the unemployment rate? What are the skill levels in rural areas? In the inner cities? How’s that Democratic Education Brand doing in Robeson, Columbus, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Edgecombe, Northhampton, Bertie, Hertford and Tyrell Counties?
The ability to enjoy life. The first courses cut/reduced are the AP’s and the arts. How’re we doing on obesity, healthy teeth, good eyesight, teen pregnancy, STD’s, personal bankruptcy and divorce rates.
Here’s a bottom line.
” After fifty years of the Democratic Education Brand, the average wage in North Carolina has never reached the national average.”
The real question for the independent voter is:
” When I bought the Democratic Education Brand, did I get what I paid for? “
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