Education looks like the hot topic for this year's legislative session, with a special urgency about teacher pay and treatment. The Observer and PNC Bank are hosting a "Solving It Together" forum on May 5, the week before the session starts, to talk about teacher compensation.
Meanwhile, I'm working on a package that will try to move the discussion past wheel-spinning and broad generalities to get some discussion going about real options, what they might cost and where we can find the money.
The forum is from 7-9 p.m. at CPCC's Pease Auditorium. Click here to register and suggest questions. I'll be there covering the discussion, so I hope to see some of you there.
N.C. Association of Educators and the Tar Heel Alliance of Classroom Teachers are sponsoring a showing of the documentary "American Teacher" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the CMAE office at 301 S McDowell St., Suite 1200. The film, narrated by Matt Damon and sponsored by the Teacher Salary Project, is part of a national effort to increase teacher pay and respect (read the list of supporters here).
In North Carolina, the showing is part of a "Moral Movies" series that will run in Charlotte and other cities over the next four months. The state NAACP and the Wilmington-based Working Films are co-sponsoring the series.