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EdFirst Veto Override Rally

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 13:59

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EdFirst led a rally to oppose Gov. Haley's veto of $10 million in teacher salary funding.  Her spokesman's dismissive response demonstrates why our work is so critical. 
Here are excerpts from Diette Couregge's article in the Post and Courier:

Slapping teachers in the face and driving talented educators out of the profession isn’t good for South Carolina, but that’s how one local teacher characterized Gov. Nikki Haley’s latest veto of money to raise teachers’ pay.
 Drayton Hall Elementary School teacher Patrick Hayes called on lawmakers Monday to override that veto and give educators the money they were promised.
 “ ‘Thank you for your service’ isn’t cutting it anymore,” Hayes said at a news conference... “It’s time for this state to pay its bills to the people doing the heavy lifting in our schools.”...


 In a memo explaining her vetoes, Haley said she did so because she supports responsible budget practices, and that money was one-time funding being put toward a recurring expense...


 Rob Godfrey, Haley’s spokesman, said the budget includes almost $2.2 billion for public education, and the governor, who has two children in public schools, vetoed roughly one-half of a percent of that for schools.
“To argue that she is against public schools or teachers is, on its face, absurd and shows the lengths to which her political opponents will go to criticize the governor regardless of the facts,” Godfrey said.


 Hayes called Haley’s logic “tortured” and said the state’s education funding system relies on sales tax, which is nonrecurring revenue.


 “If your philosophy requires you to stick it to teachers year after year, allow me to suggest an upgrade,” Hayes said. “Because South Carolina is not with you on this. We are better than this. We can do better than this.”

Actually Mr. Godfrey, to argue that she is against public schools or teachers is absurdly easy. 

Why else would she try to cut $80 million from education in her budget proposal when the state had a billion dollar surplus?

I did invite her to come explain it to my students, but I never heard back.


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