Editorial: Tweet sends powerful legislators into a tizzy

There was a $50,000 legislative panic on display in Tuesday’s hastily called and disorganized special session of the North Carolina General Assembly. It was a day of hurry up and wait. Legislation that was supposed to be all set to go, prepared in secret of course, wasn’t quite ready for prime time and needed more work.

Why all the upheaval? Because Gerry Cohen, who served 32 years as director of the legislature’s bill drafting division, responded to a public call for suggestions and comments from the state Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission on short captions about the content of the proposed amendments. The commission, which includes Democrats Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein along with Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble, a Republican, is charged with providing the captions that, by law, are included on the ballot with the proposed amendments. Cohen shared his suggestions on Twitter. (Read more)

General Assembly may hold surprise session – WRAL

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter

The N.C. General Assembly may come back into session in the coming days to write short summaries of the proposed constitutional amendments that will be before votes this November.

That’s supposed to be the purview of a three-person commission, but House Rules Chairman David Lewis wrote Speaker of the House Tim Moore Saturday with concerns about the commission’s work. Lewis, R-Harnett, said in his letter that he’s worried about “maneuverings” by unnamed outside political groups trying to sway the commission.

“Politicized captions” with “long sentences or negative language” could hurt the amendments’ chances for passage, Lewis wrote.

The General Assembly is controlled by Republican super majorities. Two of the three commission members are Democrats: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein. (Read more)

What Are The Real Numbers? A Breakdown Of The NC Teacher Pay Raises

Teacher Pay: How It Works Now

GREENSBORO, NC — 37 steps. It could take a while, but you know what you’re in for.

North Carolina used to have a 37-step pay plan for teachers.They knew what they were in for and when their salary would bump up and by how much.

But the $21 billion budget signed Thursday condenses the teacher pay plan to just six steps. Percentage raises are given in years five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 and a flat $1,000 bonus at year 30.

This is how the base salary shakes out: (Source: Read more)

Document outlines teacher pay raises in budget deal – WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — One of the most frequently asked questions about the pending state budget deal is how exactly the teacher pay raises would work.

Legislative leaders said Tuesday that teachers would get a raise that amounts to 7 percent on average. The actual percentage varies depending on how long someone has taught.

Representatives of the N.C. Association of Educators call the 7 percent number "inflated" because it counts longevity pay earned by those who have been teaching 10 years or more.

Longer-serving teachers, in particular, worry that they will see more modest pay raises without the current longevity pay scheme. (Source: Read more)

NC – Employed And Unemployed Folks Ask Yourself How Have The Laws The Republican Lead NC General Assembly Affected You?

I dare you to ask yourself how have the laws this ignant ass Republican lead NC General Assembly affected you?

If you are a hard working person in the workplace, in the education field or whatever your job title may be, how have the laws affected you?

If you are unemployed, how have the laws affected you?

And one hint, if you you have not been affected please respond and know that your day just may come because you could become unemployed. So let’s hear about the now from both categories above and if you should switch categories, this is what you can look forward to.

House, Senate take bites from Common Core apple – WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — The House voted Wednesday to repeal and replace the Common Core academic standards in North Carolina schools, and a Senate committee advanced its own legislation advocating repeal.

Common Core standards for math and English were developed by state and nonprofit leaders, and they have been embraced by President Barack Obama’s Education Department and adopted by 44 states. In North Carolina, the standards are backed by the North Carolina Chamber, the state’s largest business group. (Source: Read more)