A few years back, North Carolina implemented the “North Carolina Education Lottery”. All proceeds from the lottery go to benefit public education in the Old North State. The same idea had been institutued in Virginia; the problem was that public education in Virginia never seemed to be receiving any benefits from said lottery. When the idea started to gain popularity in NC, I sent a note to the local newspaper and, amazingly enough, it was published.
I wanted to know if the officials touting the benefits of a NC lottery for education had done any research on the success of the program in Virginia or South Carolina.
Never really got an answer.
Fast forward to now.
Last week NC governor Bev Perdue announced a salary cut for NC teachers of, wait for it….one-half of one percent.
So, let’s pick an arbitrary salary amount, say, $32000 per year. The cut amounts to a whopping, wait for it…$160 bucks.
This measure was implemented to help offset a $3 billion budget shortfall.
I’m doing the math, and it don’t add up.
It gets better.
Yesterday there was a protest in Raleigh. Teachers from all over the state were present, protesting their salary cut.
I could talk about some of the things I heard these teachers saying at their protest, as broadcasted on the news last night. But I won’t.
I could also question how much money some of the teachers at the protest spent to get there as a percentage of their respective cut in salary. But I won’t.
Because something even more interesting happened during the broadcast of yesterday’s protest last night.
The winning numbers for last night’s drawing for the NC Education Lottery came across the news crawl at the bottom of the screen, during the coverage of the Raleigh protest.
There was something really, um, special about the juxtaposition of ideas displayed there on the little screen.
Wasn’t the lottery supposed to HELP public education?
Where’s the money?
I’m so confused.