The 2014 legislative session may be six months away, but it's very much alive in the minds of people who care about education in North Carolina.
If you missed it during the holidays, be sure to read John Frank's piece on the prospects for a teacher pay raise. Frank reports that Republican legislative leaders say it's needed but don't agree on how to go about it.
Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg will hold a forum this Saturday on how the state budget affects education close to home. Titled "What happens in Raleigh matters in Mecklenburg," the session is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the YWCA, 3420 Park Road.
Speakers include Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; John Dornan, former director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina; and Tazra Mitchell, a budget and tax policy analyst for the N.C. Justice Center.
For details or to RSVP, contact Mary Klenz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-542-9858.