Howard Hunter III, right, discusses education issues during a NC Association of Educators' candidate forum Thursday night at the Museum of the Albemarle. Hunter, of Hertford County, was one of five Democratic candidates that told local educators they'd seek to undo Republican changes to education last year. Listening to Hunter, from left, are: NC Senate District 1 candidates Stan White and Judy Krahenbuhl, both of Dare County; NC House District 1 candidate Garry Meiggs, also chairman of the Camden County Board of Commissioners; and Rep. Annie Mobley, who currently holds the 5th House District seat. Hunter is running against Mobley in the May partisan primary.

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Howard Hunter III, right, discusses education issues during a NC Association of Educators' candidate forum Thursday night at the Museum of the Albemarle. Hunter, of Hertford County, was one of five Democratic candidates that told local educators they'd seek to undo Republican changes to education last year. Listening to Hunter, from left, are: NC Senate District 1 candidates Stan White and Judy Krahenbuhl, both of Dare County; NC House District 1 candidate Garry Meiggs, also chairman of the Camden County Board of Commissioners; and Rep. Annie Mobley, who currently holds the 5th House District seat. Hunter is running against Mobley in the May partisan primary.

Candidates take aim at GOP education polices at forum

By JON HAWLEY

The Daily Advance

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North Carolina must find the resources — including raising taxes if necessary — to provide its youth a quality public education, Democratic candidates for state House and Senate seats told local educators Thursday night.

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The fact is...

public education continues to decline and all the Dems want to do is keep up the failing policies we have had since it began failing, with them in charge. Thank goodness someone is in office who is attempting a change.

Candidates take aim at GOP education polices at forum

NCAE as well as most like minded organizations continue to advocate for children, public school employees and public education. We will not be deterred from questioning and holding accountable those we believe seek to destroy public education. That includes Rep Bob Steinburg, Senator Bill Cook, and Governor McCrory. As noted, Rep. Steinburg will choose a committee of 12 teachers to provide insight into improving public education. Where was this committee of 12 teachers last year when Rep Steinburg voted to not provide teachers and school employee's salary increases and then to vote to take away Due Process from them? Thank goodness NCAE has filed two lawsuits against these Legislators and Governor McCrory on giving public monies for Vouchers and for the loss of Due Process. And now many school boards are voting to stand with NCAE in these lawsuits including the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education, the home of Rep Steinburg. Our governor is now suggesting we need to relook at this legislation. You think? With the loss of Due Process, a teacher can be dismissed with no hearing. That means if I am working in a public school and I advocate for a child who is being bullied and the family of the bully is a friend of the principal or a school board member, I could be dismissed with no hearing. Let Rep. Steinburg clarify his voting record.

Seriously?

The GOP have controlled the state legislature for less than 2 years after it was controlled by Democrats for the last 100 years. Suddenly it's the GOP fault that teachers have low pay? Where have you been hiding during Bev Purdue and the democratic controlled legislature 4 years ago? Blame the GOP and the rich. Your argument is without merit.

Money will not fix NC Public Schools

No amount of money will fix the NC Public School System. Anyone thinking that total dollars spent = quality public education does not understand the state of professional and moral disrepair that our schools are in.

No amount of money will fix the NC Public Schools!

If no amount of money will fix the NC Public Schools, what about our military and the preemptive wars we have fought and put on credit cards. No amount of monies will give us a military that will make us able to dictate our will to other countries. How about enough monies for a living wage for teachers and school employees.

That's all the democrats know

That's all the democrats know - tax more -spend more. Money is not the problem, the NCAE is the problem. Keep up the good work Rep. Steinburg - one thing we can count on --- the NCAE will do what they can to trash any Republican. By the way, skipping that partisan show was an excellent move on your part - absolutely nothing to be gained.

All the GOP Know!

Democrats, unaffiliated voters, and many from the GOP know that we must invest in public education and in other programs which makes life better for our citizens. When the GOP ended a 1 cents sales tax, we lost a billion dollars which could have gone to public education. That 1 cents sales tax would have been paid by tourists passing through our State. How can NCAE be the problem when we have for years been advocates for public education. The GOP never wants to improve the lives of the middle class and the impoverished. It is the GOP's goal in life to make it easier for the very wealthy. NCAE has advocated for public schools and public school employees for years. Go back to the 1940's and see what working conditions teachers endured. Maybe you would like to take us back now to that time.

Go back to the 1940's and

Go back to the 1940's and look how US education standards compared to the rest of the world. "that 1 cents sales tax would have been paid by tourists passing through our state." oh, and state residents wouldn't have paid the sales tax??

Hey Sparatus

You must not care about the teachers or future teachers or you must have home schooled your kids which is fine but why can't the teacher make a decent living like the Koch Brothers and Rust who are trying to brain wash you guys and make all the money they can from doing it and you guys don't even care if they do. Wake up because you might be the common man one day if you go to church remember what the Bible say we are our brother keeper. Show some love in your heart for the less fortunate and stop hating the people that are trying to help the schools improve and the teachers make more money and get better benefits. What's wrong with that?

I wonder why liberals always

I wonder why liberals always think that invoking the name "Koch Brothers" will cause conservatives to back off? Then "The Herd" also wants to invoke the name of someone named "Rust" - I have no idea who this person is. The less fortunate would do well in Charter schools if the public schools aren't providing them a good education. Some public school districts are just fine, others are mediocre, and still others are atrocious.

Steinburg

If Steinburg cannot control forums he slithers out of events. At the upcoming forum in Currituck, he has written in the rules that there can be no debate regarding the mid-county bridge. Since he was against it and voted against funding the bridge, before he was now politically for it, how convenient for him not to have to answer questions about his waffling on the issue. The fact is Steinburg does not support the Currituck Commisioners decades of work and support of the mid-county bridge. The Currituck Chamber is carrying water for Steinburg. The rules they have given to candidates are meant to limit debate of subjects the Representative from New York understandably wants to avoid. Thanks Mr. Harris for standing up to Steinburg.

OK?

Democrat's only want more of your money without solving any problems. Please move to Detroit and save them, we are doing just fine.

OK?

Really!

More Money!

Our nation spends more on defense than the next 15 highest spending countries on defense together. Why do we need to spend so much money on defense?

To WOW

WoW what planet are you living on and stop listing to FOX news and Rust. You must now have any kids in public school and don't know any teachers if you do you sure aren't supporting them. Wake up and stop supporting the rich and think about the common people you be rich or have some of that old money somewhere.

To WOW

WoW what planet are you living on and stop listing to FOX news and Rust. You must now have any kids in public school and don't know any teachers if you do you sure aren't supporting them. Wake up and stop supporting the rich and think about the common people you be rich or have some of that old money somewhere.

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