After last year's legislative session brought sweeping changes to public education, no one wants to get caught napping this year. Here's a sampling of groups that will be pushing their causes and offering reports as local governments and the General Assembly begin their 2014-15 budget talks.
|Moral Monday protest last July|
Meck ACTS is also pushing for changes in the state Read to Achieve program and a reduction in standardized testing.
MeckEd is pushing a "Get on the Bus" advocacy campaign that's focused on Mecklenburg and state budgets. The group's online toolkit includes stats that can be used for making points, tips and contacts for lobbying elected officials and a #onthebusNC hash tag for social media.
CarolinaCAN, the relatively new NC offshoot of 50CAN, has posted a 2014 policy agenda that includes changes to teacher pay and the charter school system. The group carries weight with some of the GOP leaders who will be making decisions in Raleigh.
The Raleigh-based Public School Forum of North Carolina keeps tabs on the state legislature and is pushing teacher compensation proposals that are also backed by the state PTA, Professional Educators of North Carolina, N.C. Association of Educators, N.C. Association of School Administrators, N.C. School Boards Association and the N.C. Justice Center.
|Local families rally for teachers in November|
Mecklenburg teachers and parents are among a new coalition of "teachers and their allies" following legislative actions on TruthforTeachers.org.
CMS lawyer Jonathan Sink says he also plans to revive and update his legislative blog once the session cranks up.
Some will note that this list is heavy on critics of the budget passed by the GOP majority last year and may see that as a sign of my personal agenda. In fact, it's more about the nature of these things: The folks who have power use it and the folks who don't try to sway things their way. It looks like we'll get competing GOP visions for boosting teacher pay today. I'm heading to Greensboro to hear one from Gov. Pat McCrory, while my colleagues at the News & Observer will check in on one coming from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and Sen. Jerry Tillman at a legislative committee meeting. Stay tuned.