You probably heard that the politburo in North Carolina has decided to change HB2 just a bit. They are looking at making transgender people get a “change of sex document”, but only if they have had a sex change operation. Then, and only then, will they be able to use the bathroom that matches their gender. But, that is not what this article is about.
This article is about the licensing of teachers in North Carolina. Specifically about two bills, one passed and one pending. The comparison will probably “shock and awe” you. First some little background.
Teachers in North Carolina do not have collective bargaining rights. The politburo passed that “famous” right to work law and public employees have no bargaining rights. Additionally, the politburo has been slashing funding for public schools for a few years now. One teacher said education funding cuts handed down by GOP leaders and McCrory set public schools up for failure, comparing it to being asked to cook a meal without any tools.
You have no pots and pans. You have no knives and they judge you for the food you make.
Recently, a group of teachers demanded a meeting with Chairman McCrory about the school funding cuts. They were assured of a meeting but when the arrived, McCrory had cancelled the meeting due to a “scheduling conflict” and locked the doors.
The teachers began a protest blocking traffic. Many of them were arrested for “blocking traffic” which is classified as “civil disobedience”. That is where Senate Bill 867 comes into play. North Carolina had received a grade of “F” for background checks on teachers. The bill, called Protect Students in Schools was introduced to enhance the background checks for teachers looking for “teaching licenses”.
On the surface, that sounds like a very reasonable thing. And I applaud them for their action. Until you notice that some of the crimes that would prevent a teacher from getting their license includes the obvious things like rape, murder, and other horrible crimes. But, it seems to have added one that makes no sense. It includes Civil Disobedience!
That means that if this law passes, and there is no reason to believe the politburo won’t pass it and that Chairman McCrory won’t sign it, the teachers who were arrested for Civil Disobedience in that protest may not have their licenses renewed.
There is only one reason to include that “crime” in the legislation. To silence teachers and keep them from exercising their free speech rights to help protect education funding. The idea that teachers be licensed is to ensure that teachers meet certain minimum requirements to become teachers.
It would appear that the state wants to have qualified teachers in the classroom. But, as you will see, that is not necessarily the case. There was another bill that has already passed the politburo and signed by Chairman McCrory. That bill reduces the requirement for “charter school” requirements of licensed teachers.
That law says that only 50 percent of teachers in K-12 grades in Charter Schools are required to be licensed. The change stems from the ideas that non-licensed people can make excellent teachers, and charter schools are an appropriate place to try out innovative ideas, said bill author and state Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph). As one example, he cited an engineer neighbor who wanted to teach but didn’t want to spend time or money fulfilling certification requirements.
However, the background checks for teachers will only cover “licensed” teachers. Non-licensed teachers will not require the same rigorous background checks that licensed teachers will have to follow. How does that make our students “safe” in schools?
Republicans have been calling for us to “protect the constitution” for a long time. Even here in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina. Yet, they are willing to put a simple crime of “Civil Disobedience” on the list of crimes that can prevent you from getting your license to teach. AND, by the way, let way too many non-licensed teachers into the “Charter School System” because a “neighbor” of one of the politburo didn’t want to spend the time and money meeting the certification requirements.
Another little known fact is that Senate Bill 867 also charges the teachers the $50 bill for conducting the background check on them. This in a state that already has a shortage of “well-documented” teachers.
The bill has not reached its final stages yet. There is still some wrangling to do over it and the House needs to look at it as well. However, the politburo in North Carolina is not known for its reasonable laws. They generally give Chairman McCrory whatever he wants.
I have nothing against background checks for teachers. That is a reasonable action to help protect our children in school. However, when you add things like “civil disobedience” to the list of disqualifying crimes, you have gone way too far. All you are saying is that you are silencing your critics. But then, that is what a politburo does. They silence their critics.
The attacks on civil rights is in full swing in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina. First, they passed voting restriction laws. Then they passed the bathroom laws. Now they want to pass a law to take away teacher’s rights to protest by threatening them with their teachers license if they get arrested for “blocking traffic” or some other civil disobedience law.
If the nation really wants to know what it will be like to live under Republican Control should Trump win the White House and Republicans control both Houses of Congress, all you need do is look at the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina. Only Trump will have nothing on Chairman McCrory. Only Chairman Brownback in the Soviet Socialist State of Kansas comes close to Chairman McCrory. Except for the “purges” Chairman McCrory has Stalinism down cold!
And the “shirts” keep marching along!