We Need to Ensure Our Kids' Futures
As I looked through my stack of mail the other day, there was the return address I had been eagerly waiting for: The North Carolina Teacher’s Academy acknowledgment letter had arrived!
You see, two other colleagues (Catherine Sigmon Mitchell and Pam Brady) and I were applying for a four-day workshop learning new strategies in the instruction of ESL (English as a Second Language) students. We would travel to a college and not only be instructed on such a relevant topic but have the opportunity to collaborate and engage in discussions with educators from all over the state of North Carolina.
Unfortunately, the first paragraph immediately squashed any enthusiasm. It read, “The N.C. House of Representatives has eliminated funding for the N.C. Teacher Academy from its budget. Every program with the word ‘teacher’ in it appears to be vulnerable to the actions of the General Assembly.”
Why do the powers that be continue to take away from the thousands of dedicated teachers in this wonderful state? How can those in our government honestly say they want the best for our children? We would ask you to respectively reconsider your decision in order for the teachers of North Carolina to remain life-long learners. We would ask that we would be given the opportunity to enhance the 21st century skills needed by our children in order to ensure their future success.
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